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Dr. Salem AlKetbi

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The View from Dubai:

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?

The View from Dubai:

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

The View from Dubai:

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?

The View from Dubai:

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 View from Dubai:

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

The View from Dubai:

Abraham Peace Accords: one year later

There is a positive atmosphere that has begun to affect and impact everyone. Voices that questioned the agreement have disappeared. Op-ed.

Abraham Peace Accords: one year later

The View from Dubai:

World order: Consequences of the Afghanistan drawdown

Moscow seeks to promote a multilateral world order led by the UN Security Council.permanent members Russia, the US, UK, China, France. Op-ed

World order: Consequences of the Afghanistan drawdown

/The view from Dubai:

Have the Taliban emboldened Al Houthi?

The leader of Yemen’s Houthia, Ansar Allah, recently vowed to take control of all Yemeni cities and liberate them from foreign powers. Op-ed

Have the Taliban emboldened Al Houthi?

Taliban 2021: A turnaround in politics and governance?

The extent to which its ideology and approach have changed concerns the Taliban hardline religious vision, leaders and supporters. Op-ed.

Taliban 2021: A turnaround in politics and governance?

How the Afghanistan debacle looks from Dubai

Has the US failed in Afghanistan? What has happened is the most serious warning of the erosion of American influence in the world. Op-ed.

How the Afghanistan debacle looks from Dubai

Taliban yesterday and Taliban today

The Taliban want to appear before the world in a completely different way than in the past. But change is proven by actions, not words.Op-ed

Taliban yesterday and Taliban today

Tunisia suffers as Muslim Brotherhood fails at governing

The Muslim Brotherhood fails dismally at running a country, destroying Tunisia as the Hezbollah did in Lebanon. What lies ahead? Op-ed.

Tunisia suffers as Muslim Brotherhood fails at governing

Crisis in Tunisia: The Brotherhood’s trail of failures

People attacked and burned part of the headquarters of the Brotherhood movement, which holds the parliamentary majority. Op-ed.

Crisis in Tunisia: The Brotherhood’s trail of failures

Afghanistan in the wake of the US withdrawal

The major players in the Afghanistan situation would do well to make sure the Taliban keep the idea of an Islamic Emirate at bay. Op-ed.

Afghanistan in the wake of the US withdrawal

Milestones that bring us closer to our goal

The UAE has never said that establishing relations with Israel would bring peace to the Middle East. It is not in the hands of the UAE Op-ed

Milestones that bring us closer to our goal

Behind the escalation between the Iranian mullahs and the US

Pres. Biden, who has prioritized ending US involvement in conflict zones, faces a new crisis in Iraq that could cause US casualties. Op-ed..

Behind the escalation between the Iranian mullahs and the US

The UAE and the so-called ‘national sin’

Hamas has the right to say what it wants on regional or international developments. We can, however object and denounce as we wiish.Op-ed.

The UAE and the so-called ‘national sin’

Biden and Khamenei’s nail-biting game

Irani's mullahs are gradually moving to the final stage of their North Korean-style brinkmanship strategy, upping the heat on the US. Op-ed.

Biden and Khamenei’s nail-biting game

How does a more radical Iran think?

What is happening now is that for the first time, the Iranian regime is devoid of so-called moderates or reformists. Op-ed.

How does a more radical Iran think?

Hezbollah and the hijacking of the Lebanese State

Security and stability in the Middle East will remain a dream if militia remain as parallel States, governments and armies.Op-ed.

Hezbollah and the hijacking of the Lebanese State

Iran’s nuclear progress: the genie and the lamp

Things will not go back to square one, no matter what the West does, but it had better act, as the genie is breaking out of the lamp. Op-ed

Iran’s nuclear progress: the genie and the lamp

The voice of reason goes unheard

Wars can be started much more easily than making peace. Peace is sought by those with future visions of development and construction. Op-ed.

The voice of reason goes unheard

No choice but a final peace

The world wants to find a specific authority to address the Palestinian Arab issue and begin to work on a real and final peace. Op-ed.

No choice but a final peace

The View from Dubai:

The vicious circle in the Middle East

The question many are asking is why has stability in the Middle East become subject to groups and organizations and not states? Op-ed.

The vicious circle in the Middle East

The View from Dubai:

The co-existential crisis in the Middle East

Peace through just approaches is neither a utopia nor an impossibility. The condition? A good and strong will to make peace. Op-ed.

The co-existential crisis in the Middle East

The View from Dubai:

Zarif’s leaked audio imbroglio

This crisis reflects the conflict between people and not the principles of the regime and the revolution. Op-ed.

Zarif’s leaked audio imbroglio

The view from Dubai:

A brand new cold war?

What really lies behind the mutual expulsion of diplmats and not so veiled threats between Russia and the USA? Op-ed.

A brand new cold war?

The View from Dubai:

A new world order: clash or coexistence?

Washington’s relations with Beijing and Moscow are far more important and serious than the complexity of their conceptual differences.Op-ed.

A new world order: clash or coexistence?

The American-Iranian dialogue: No surprises

The Biden administration’s steps are proceeding as if they were drawn up by the mullahs, who are facing the scenario of their dreams. Op-ed.

The American-Iranian dialogue: No surprises

The Middle East can not put up with repeated diplomatic missteps

Things will get out of hand if the US continues to search for a way to appease the mullahs, putting its loyal allies in danger. Op-ed.

The Middle East can not put up with repeated diplomatic missteps

The Iran nuclear issue in the post-Covid world

The discord between US and European positions on the nuclear issue is a catalyst for Iranian defiance of the US position to date. Op-ed.

The Iran nuclear issue in the post-Covid world

Reflecting on the Pope’s visit to Iraq

Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq in March is historic It is the first of its kind, reflecitng his belief in human brotherhood. Op-ed.

Reflecting on the Pope’s visit to Iraq

Awliya Al Dam terrorists and the Revolutionary Guards’ plans

Terrorist organizations and gangs form, multiply, vanish and pop up in the blink of an eye, and are a threat to US personnel. Op-ed

Awliya Al Dam terrorists and the Revolutionary Guards’ plans

Iran’s mullahs and the start of negotiations

The Biden administration has come under increasing and accelerating Iranian pressure in recent days. Will it give in? Opinion.

Iran’s mullahs and the start of negotiations

“The trapped Cat” and the acquisition of nuclear weapons

Alll negotiations aimed at postponing 'the trapped Cat' - Iran - from gaining nuclear weapons are merely pain relievers. Op-ed.

“The trapped Cat” and the acquisition of  nuclear weapons

Iran's presidential elections in June- are the mullahs worried?

Not only Israel and the PA have elections soon, the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has 6 months left in office and can't run again.Op-ed

Iran's presidential elections in June- are the mullahs worried?

Biden was bequeathed a hefty political legacy

A seasoned statesman like Joe Biden has a great ability to build consensus in fractured America - if he so wishes. Op-ed..

Biden was bequeathed a hefty political legacy

The interesting American position on the nuclear deal

The issue is no longer a blank check, as the mullahs had been thinking for months.Opinion.

The interesting American position on the nuclear deal

Iran’s new negotiating strategy

The mullahs are speaking about not rushing the American return to the nuclear accord. What are they really seeking and why? Opinion.

Iran’s new negotiating strategy

Red rag from Iran or message to President Biden?

Does the Iranian missile strike near USS Nimitz have anything to do with the new US president?. The answer is probably yes. Opinion.

Red rag from Iran or message to President Biden?

The ultimate loss for the US

The deep rifts that have affected American society as a result of this unprecedented political conflict must surely be addressed. Op-ed.

The ultimate loss for the US

The new era in Europe

The common European model of leadership, policies and decision-making will inevitably be impacted by key-member UK's departure.. Op-ed.

The new era in Europe

The so-called Iranian revenge: What strategy?

The wide gap between the mullahs’ threats and the reality of their highly calculated behavior is a well thought-out strategy. Op-ed.

The so-called Iranian revenge: What strategy?

Biden, the nuclear deal and the dicey decision

An unconditional return to the structurally and fundamentlly flawed Iran agreement would be a major political win for the mullahs. Op-ed..

Biden, the nuclear deal and the dicey decision

Iran's mullahs and strategies for the next stage

What we have is a return to the atmosphere before the nuclear agreement with Iran, with the mullahs one step ahead. Make them worry. Op-ed.

Iran's mullahs and strategies for the next stage

Reading into the assassination of Fakhri Zadeh: It's not over

The mullahs are trapped between options for revenge, all of them bad. And an Arab media lobby pushes conflict with the Gulf States. Op-ed.

Reading into the assassination of Fakhri Zadeh: It's not over

The mullahs make a pitch to Biden

The mullahs are role-playing, contradicting each other, but actually putting the ball in Biden's court, with perfect timing. Op-ed.

The mullahs make a pitch to Biden

Joe Biden and Iran’s mullahs’ nuclear program

I want to emphasize: The US position on the Iran nuclear deal must not be an arena for fights between Democrats and Republicans.Op-ed.

Joe Biden and Iran’s mullahs’ nuclear program

Interpreting the results of the American election

The major lesson is that the world must prepare for a new America in the decades to come. Op-ed.

Interpreting the results of the American election

The Iranian nuclear threat gets louder

IAEA's report shows uranium at 4.5% purity, more than the agreement ceiling.The mullahs are showing us that they can go higher. Op-ed.

The Iranian nuclear threat gets louder

When terrorism pulls it off

Islam and the West have had a positive relation in the past. The decline of this interaction today has to do with Muslims, not Islam. Op-ed.

When terrorism pulls it off

Shifts in China’s political discourse

The People’s Republic has gradually and very deliberately let go of its overly prudent diplomacy in handling relations with the US. Op-ed..

Shifts in China’s political discourse

How will the world look after Election Day?

Will it be the continuation of Trump’s foreign policy and accomplishments on many issues, or Biden's rethinking of Trump’s policies? Op-ed.

How will the world look after Election Day?

A hollow victory for Iran''s mullahs

Ending arms restrictions effectively exposes the shortcomings of the nuclear agreement. Signatories should take a moment to study it. Op-ed.

A hollow victory for Iran''s mullahs

The Mullahs and the defeat of the “Great Satan”

The mullahs' relationship with the US is an extreme example of disinformation and political deception. Opinion.

The Mullahs and the defeat of the “Great Satan”

The first debate's role in the resolution of the US elections

The second and third debates, if they occur, will probably not change anything. There are more influential factors at play. Opinion.

The first debate's role in the resolution of the US elections

Iran's mullahs and the American elections

A Trump win would spell disaster for the Iranian mullahs. They are lobbying to negatively influence his chances of a second term. Op-ed.

Iran's mullahs and the American elections