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With "Friends" Like Saudi Arabia, the United States Doesn’t Need Enemies

One striking feature of the first debate featuring the top tier GOP presidential candidates was how many of them described Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Persian Gulf as “friends” of the United States.  And clearly that is a bipartisan...Show More Summary

Stock Markets in Dubai & Saudi Arabia Plummet 7 Percent as Oil Prices Continue Free Fall

Last week was a heart pounding week for the oil markets. This week looks like it could be even worse. The Persian Gulf oil exporters, whose Sunday market open can

North Korea's Balancing Act in the Persian Gulf

On July 29, 2015, a South Korean intelligence official announced that Yemeni rebels had purchased 20 Scud missiles from North Korea. These missiles were subsequently fired into Saudi Arabia, in response to Saudi aggression in Yemen.Show More Summary

Lessons from the destruction of Iraq’s marshes

The immediate aftermath of the Persian Gulf War saw the unfolding of one of the worst ecological and human catastrophes of the modern era with the destruction of the marshes of southern Iraq. Most accounts, including Iraq’s own 2005 constitution, attribute this double ecocide-genocide to Saddam Hussein’s drive for sectarian domination and vengeance against the […]

Poor planning in the Persian Gulf

The Hill reports that the Navy will pull the USS Theodore Roosevelt from the Persian Gulf in October. The Roosevelt is providing about 20% of the air strikes against ISIS. It’s replacement, the USS Harry Truman won’t arrive in the Gulf until later in the winter. The Pentagon has it all figured out, though. They […]

The Writing is On the Wall for the U.S. Military in the Persian Gulf

With a nuclear Iran, the U.S. will either have to significantly change how it deploys to the Middle East and Persian Gulf, or get out of harm's way.

Video of Bahraini slapping South Asian migrant worker sparks backlash

3 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

Bahrain, like many other Persian Gulf states, has a large migrant worker community. It is estimated that more than half of the country's 1.4 million population is made of migrants, many of whom travel from places such as South Asia to find work in the country. Often they end up doing menial jobs in precarious legal positions: A […]

Video of Bahraini slapping South Asian migrant worker sparks backlash

3 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

Bahrain, like many other Persian Gulf states, has a large migrant worker community. It is estimated that more than half of the country's 1.4 million population is made of migrants, many of whom travel from places such as South Asia to find work in the country. Often they end up doing menial jobs in precarious legal positions: A […]

US Must Expand Military Presence in Persian Gulf to Deter Iran

Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Eric Edelman said that the US must expand its regional military presence to reassure Israel and the Gulf States and to deter Iran.

The danger of (mis)perceptions after the Iran deal

Perceptions of the recent nuclear deal within Iran sharply differ from those of other players, particularly the United States, Israel and the Persian Gulf Arab states. This wide cognitive gap in what the deal entails could undermine both the agreement and regional security in the coming months. Misperceptions, as Columbia University’s Robert Jervis taught us […]

It's been 25 years since Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait

A quarter century ago, after Saddam Hussein's Iraqi army successfully invaded and took over the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Kuwait, President George H.W. Bush famously drew a line in the sand against Iraqi aggression. While the United States and its allies easily ejected Iraq from Kuwait within seven months of the Aug. Show More Summary

U.S. Navy will Remove an Aircraft Carrier in the Persian Gulf for 2 Months

Fox News reported: The U.S. Navy will not have an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf this fall for the first time in years, President Obama’s nominee to be the Navy’s top officer told Capitol Hill lawmakers Thursday. The gap in the Gulf — expected to last two months — would come at a time […]

McCain: Saudi Arms Deal With Russia Means Downturn in US-Saudi Relations

Plans by Saudi Arabia to purchase Russian arms marks a downturn in US relations with its chief ally in the Persian Gulf, US Senator John McCain said on Tuesday.

The Persian Gulf Wars to Come

last monthNews : The Daily Beast

The Iran deal all but guarantees that more, not less, conflict is coming to the Middle East.

Quote of the Day

“This agreement condemns the next generation to cleaning up a nuclear war in the Persian Gulf… This is the greatest appeasement since Chamberlain gave Czechoslovakia to Hitler.” — Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), quoted by BuzzFeed, on the nuclear deal reached [...]

US Maintains Military Presence in Gulf Region, May Use Force if Needed

US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter says US continues to have a sizeable military presence in the Persian Gulf region amid the Iran deal reached in Vienna on Tuesday.

Jack-Up Collapses at Maersk-Operated Al Shaheen Field Off Qatar

2 months agoVehicles / Watercraft : gCaptain

  A jack-up barge was badly damaged this week after it collapsed offshore Qatar at the Maersk Oil-operated Al Shaheen field in the Persian Gulf. Gulf International Services said Tuesday that the accident occurred on July 5th and involved its 2014-delivered jack-up barge “Rumailah”. Show More Summary

Kuwait names Saudi man as suicide bomber in mosque attack

Kuwait said Sunday that the bomber who killed at least 27 worshipers at a Shiite Muslim mosque on Friday had been identified as a young Saudi national who arrived in the Persian Gulf emirate only hours before the attack.

The Saudi Cables: Riyadh Offered $10B to Free Hosni Mubarak

Persian Gulf states were prepared to pay $10 billion to secure the release of deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, according to top-secret cables exposed last week by WikiLeaks.

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