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Dr. Salem AlKetbi

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The "Hate the UAE Syndrome"

UAE is attacked for its principles but stands firm. Opinion.

The "Hate the UAE Syndrome"

Will Iran allow its proxies to be destroyed? Op-ed.

The Iranians are well aware of the extent of Israeli superiority in the field of intelligence and information and that assassination attempts could be directed against key Iranian leaders at a time when Iran is weak internally. Op-ed.

Will Iran allow its proxies to be destroyed? Op-ed.

The fate of the Ukraine war

Neither side is making any military breakthroughs, the war is stagnating and it seems that the only breakthrough that can resolve the situation lies in a political and diplomatic movement, not a military one. Op-ed.

The fate of the Ukraine war

The relationship between Iran and its proxies

We followed how Ismail Haniyeh, one of the leaders of the terrorist Hamas, visited Tehran after the October 7th massacre. Opinion.

The relationship between Iran and its proxies

The disaster of Iran's proxy wars

The Arab countries of the Middle East and Israel are all paying the price of Western negligence in confronting the Iranian threat. Opinion.

The disaster of Iran's proxy wars

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The Middle East is in the hands of Iran - for now

Iran has cornered everyone in a critical corner, and we, as observers, believe that it is seeking to ignite a regional or world war.

The Middle East is in the hands of Iran - for now

Iran’s role in Hamas’ attack on Israel

Iran not only supplied Hamas with essential components and technology, it played a role in training Hamas engineers and technicians.Op-ed.

Iran’s role in Hamas’ attack on Israel

Beyond the absence of China at the G20 Summit

The world is in a state of increasing polarization and struggles for leadership. China's message is that it is in the fight. Op-ed.

Beyond the absence of China at the G20 Summit

Prigozhin’s enigma and Putin's plans

Western confusion plays right into Putin's hands, as his Wagner Group continues to help Russia reach its foreign policy objectives. Op-ed.

Prigozhin’s enigma and Putin's plans

Beyond the conflict in Ukraine

It appears there is a firm Western, particularly American, stance committed to the strategic defeat of Russia. Op-ed.

Beyond the conflict in Ukraine

Key outcomes of the Jeddah Summit

The Jeddah meeting marks a significant strategic milestone that reflects Saudi Arabia’s new direction. Op-ed.

Key outcomes of the Jeddah Summit

Has US policy turned around in the Gulf?

The Gulf countries are trying to counter Iran by teaming up with it, due to the weak, hesitant US stance against Iranian threats. Op-ed.

Has US policy turned around in the Gulf?

Ignore the Wagner Group at your peril

A prognosis for the Wagner Group which has evolved into a pillar of Russian foreign policy, particularly in Africa and the Mideast. Op-ed.

Ignore the Wagner Group at your peril

How does the West want to see Russia?

The aspiration of the US to neutralize Russia in case of clash with China is in contrast to its fears of a broken Russia.Op-ed.

How does the West want to see Russia?

National armies fighting non-state adversaries

What is unfolding in Sudan follows a pattern witnessed in other Arab countries - a no-win, destructive inter-Arab conflict.Op-ed.

National armies fighting non-state adversaries

Is the Sudan agreement worth the paper on which it is written?

The parties pledged to protect civilians and ensure their safe passage out of conflict areas.. But there is no supervision mechanism. Op-ed.

Is the Sudan agreement worth the paper on which it is written?

What about the Ukraine crisis? Ho hum

Diminishing media attention for the Ukraine crisis is an anomaly compared to other global crises as it is a priority amonng leaders.Op-ed.

What about the Ukraine crisis? Ho hum

France sets sights on ‘Third Pole’ agenda

France is advocating for Europe to be a “third pole” independent of Washington and Beijing - and is meeting resistance. Op-ed

France sets sights on ‘Third Pole’ agenda

Will the Saudi-Iranian Pact stand the Test of Time?

Iran is eager to outmaneuver Israel, working to forge a regional coalition, but it needs internal consensus for its plans to work. Op-ed.

Will the Saudi-Iranian Pact stand the Test of Time?

China’s initiative may be the chance to end the Ukraine war

Newsweek magazine confirmed that the Chinese have a plan to end the long and drawn out war in Ukraine. Op-ed.

China’s initiative may be the chance to end the Ukraine war

Why is NATO turning to East Asia?

NATO is mulling the possibility of Russia achieving its goals in Ukraine and China taking a similar military step towards Taiwan. Op-ed.

Why is NATO turning to East Asia?

What it means to supply Ukraine with Western tanks

The acquisition of Western tanks by Ukraine has a symbolic significance that outweighs their operational impact. Op-ed.

What it means to supply Ukraine with Western tanks

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The Iran nuclear deal goes down

Biden is no longer interested in an agreement that gives Iran a political victory and deepens rifts between the US and its Mid-East allies,.

The Iran nuclear deal goes down

European democracy is in deep water

An unprecedented political and parliamentary scandal undermines the credibility of the entire European parliamentary establishment. Op-ed.

European democracy is in deep water

Israel bombs in Syria, but who will protect Iraq from Iran?

The Iraqi leadership is fully aware of the reality of what Iran is doing to their country, but can do nothing about it. Op-ed.

Israel bombs  in Syria, but who will protect Iraq from Iran?

Will Iran's morality police be abolished or not?

The ceiling of protests has risen and gone beyond the demand for the abolition of the vice police and the rejection of its practices. Op-ed.

Will Iran's morality police be abolished or not?

A dangerous Iranian move in Iraq that must be thwarted

Via the UN,Tehran is creating a cover for a broad military intervention in Iraq, ostensibly to pursue Kurdish militias. Op-ed.

A dangerous Iranian move in Iraq that must be thwarted

Iran's hypersonic missiles - are they for real?

Iran has achieved qualitative breakthroughs in its strategy of moving the battle beyond its borders, both in weaponry and subversion.Op-ed.

Iran's hypersonic missiles - are they for real?

EU Diplomat: Europe is a "garden" and the world a "jungle"

Borell divides the world into gardens and jungles, with all the hostility that this means for the idea of international cooperation. Op-ed.

EU Diplomat: Europe is a "garden" and the world a "jungle"

The Abraham agreement and Iran: stating the obvious

Forced linkage of the Abraham peace agreement with the Iran nuclear deal is directly informed by Iranian propaganda, Op-ed.

The Abraham agreement and Iran: stating the obvious

Why do Europeans doubt Iran’s intentions?

The skepticism from the European side is long overdue. But the fuel issue gets in the way. Op-ed.

Why do Europeans doubt Iran’s intentions?

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Why is everyone in a stew over the nuclear deal?

The deal itself is not what worries the Gulf States and Israel. It is what has happened to US strategic resolve.

Why is everyone  in a stew over the nuclear deal?

Maneuvering back to the old nuclear deal

Understanding how both sides, Iranian and US, are fighting to portray the signing of the agreement as a political victory at home. Op-ed.

Maneuvering back to the old nuclear deal

Impact of the Russian gas crisis on Europe’s future

Talk of an energy crisis in Europe is no longer just speculation, but reality. Russia refuses payment in euros. Op-ed.

Impact of the Russian gas crisis on Europe’s future

The Taliban is back in hot water

Zawahiri’s death and the unveiling of his presence in Kabul certainly put the Afghan movement under the spotlight. Op-ed.

The Taliban is back in hot water

Iran is just one political step away from nuclear weapons

Iran has a much larger nuclear program than it had in 2015. This growth is not only quantitative, but also qualitative.Op-ed.

Iran is just one political step away from nuclear weapons

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Interpreting the Jerusalem Declaration - how the UAE sees it

Biden's visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia seen through UAE eyes accentuating the positive, worried about Putin's planned visit to Iran.Op-ed.

Interpreting the Jerusalem Declaration - how the UAE sees it

Our priorities for Biden's Middle East visit

It’s not about making a comeback in the region, but about correcting US policy errors, from the signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Op-ed

Our priorities for Biden's Middle East visit

Iran is already out of control

Dealing with the Iranian threat will only succeed if the regime senses the threat of a military strike or a popular overthrow. Op-ed.

Iran is already out of control

Are fossil fuels in with 'climate change' out?

Behind the trend is necessity, but also the close correlation between energy prices and the popularity of politicians in ballot boxes. Op-ed

Are fossil fuels in with 'climate change' out?

Can we build a culture of coexistence in the Middle East?

The UAE cannot completely disengage from the Palestinian Arab conflict with Israel, but it views it from a realistic perspective. Op-ed.

Can we build a culture of coexistence in the Middle East?

Iran’s negotiating priorities - nuclear or missile weapons

Iran’s main threat is not nuclear technology, but its plans for regional domination, enabled by its dangerout missile program.Op-ed.

Iran’s negotiating priorities - nuclear or missile weapons

Ukraine War: The real danger is yet to come

The US may want to take advantage of the situation to defeat Russia, one of its biggest strategic rivals. That means all-out WWIII.Op-ed.

Ukraine War: The real danger is yet to come

Passover 2022 in the UAE Jewish community

Whose strange logic links the Abu Dhabi Passover celebrations to the escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs? Op-ed.

Passover 2022 in the UAE Jewish community

Can we create a culture of peace in the Middle East?

Repeating the same slogans and playing politics with a just Arab cause will not solve it. It will not bring either side security.

Can we create a culture of peace in the Middle East?

Iran and Russia's clashing interests

For the first time Iran and Russia have faced off and the interests of the two allies now clash in previously unimagined ways. Op-ed.

Iran and Russia's clashing interests

Ukraine: A new world order

Ukraine is not just about Russia’s influence in that country. NATO faces a direct Sino-Russian challenge, the US a loss of dominance.Op-ed.

Ukraine: A new world order

Israel and the Arabs: a new strategic reality

“The Israeli enemy' phrase has changed in a good part of the Middle East.Those who believe otherwise should come to their senses. Op-ed.

Israel and the Arabs: a new strategic reality

Iran's Abdollahian’s call for dialogue: genuine or exclusionary?

Iran calls for dialogue on regional problems with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, and Turkey. Note who is missing. Op-ed.

Iran's Abdollahian’s call for dialogue: genuine or exclusionary?

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A dangerous scenario of widespread chaos in the Middle East

An international stance must be taken against the militia axis whose attacks on the UAE alone included four drones just last week. Op-ed.

A dangerous scenario of widespread chaos in the Middle East

Could the Houthis attack Israel?

Arab media discussing that Israel is a target of the Al Houthi militia is not a matter of analytical imagination, it is happening. Op-ed.

Could the Houthis attack Israel?

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Hezbollah at daggers drawn

Hezbollah/Iran already controls Lebanon causing chaos and destruction. Israel must find a way to change this before it is too late . Op-ed.

Hezbollah at daggers drawn

Hezbollah: Not your everyday terror militia

Hezbollah is a time bomb that threatens to rupture relations between states and has destroyed beautiful Lebanon. Who is next? Israel? Op-ed.

Hezbollah: Not your everyday terror militia

How drones are changing the game

The price of the Turkish Bayraktar drone is estimated at $5 million. In comparison, the F-35 fighter jet costs about $122 million. Op-ed.

How drones are changing the game

The China challenge, the Iran impasse and the Ukraine conundrum

The specter of war is escalating to the point that Taiwan’s FM Joseph Wu has expressed hope that Taiwan will not trigger a 3rd WW. Op-ed.

The China challenge, the Iran impasse and the Ukraine conundrum

Internal conflicts between Palestinian Arab factions

The chances for a political solution to the PA issue have diminished. Israel is attempting to attain a sustainable strategic reality. Op-ed.

Internal conflicts between Palestinian Arab factions

On what can UAE and Israel cooperate?

Emirati-Israeli ambitions go beyond the traditional political debates and phrases that “decorate” statements after joint meetings.Op-ed.

On what can UAE and Israel cooperate?

UAE and Israel: genuine relations and lasting partnership

Rapprochement with Iran does not change the reality and sensitivities on which the relations of the UAE and Israel are based. Opinion.

UAE and Israel: genuine relations and lasting partnership

The view from Dubai:

Israel and Iran: post-Vienna scenarios

There is deliberate ambiguity about Israel’s position or next action, whether negotiations result in an agreement or fail.Opinion.

Israel and Iran: post-Vienna scenarios

The View from Dubai:

The Sahara issue: A clear-cut Moroccan position

The US decision to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty in the Sahara is a shift in international position in favor of the kingdom's cause.Op-ed.

The Sahara issue: A clear-cut Moroccan position