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EU's Borell: Europe is a "garden" and the rest of 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?

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

Interpreting the Jerusalem Declaration - how it is seen in the UAE

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 putting 'climate change' on the back burner?

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?

The challenge: Building 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 between nuclear and 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?

A dangerous scenario of widespread chaos in the Middle East is developing right now

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?

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 and wings

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

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 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

Is there a Plan B to contain Iran’s nuclear threat?

The US can no longer pretend that it is relying solely on diplomacy to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat. Israel certainly is not. Op-ed.

Is there a  Plan B to contain Iran’s nuclear threat?

Mullahs and Taliban: confrontation or containment?

The Iranian regime feels powerless and is not able to protect Afghan Shiites as it has in neighboring states.What course will it take?Op-ed.

Mullahs and Taliban: confrontation or containment?

The mullahs’ runaround on the UAE island issue

When it comes to real occupation, such as that of the UAE islands occupied by Iran, the Islamic Republic is muddying the waters. Op-ed.

The mullahs’ runaround on the UAE island issue

Nuclear negotiations: a new Iranian strategy?

The real problem facing Biden in negotiating with the mullahs is that they realize that the White House is at a strategic impasse. Op-ed.

Nuclear negotiations: a new Iranian strategy?

Middle East: We need to get off the beaten track

Security and stability in the Middle East can only be achieved by thinking outside the box. Op-ed.

Middle East: We need to get off the beaten track

The rise of China and the new Cold War

it is likely that the world will gradually be divided into two blocs, one led by the US and the other under Chinese leadership. Op-ed.

The rise of China and the new Cold War

Iran’s irrationality in relation to Israel

The mullahs do not want us to think like them They don’t want to stick to the rules of the game that they play regionally. Op-ed.

Iran’s irrationality in relation to Israel

Recognize the Taliban or face horror

This is not the Taliban’s first experience governing Afghanistan. If the movement has learned from past experiences, so has the world.Op-ed.

Recognize the Taliban or face horror