Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, PhD, is a Fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Analysis: For a country that five years ago was facing an attempt by several of its neighbours to isolate it diplomatically and politically, it is no small turnaround that Doha is becoming the go-to US partner in the region.
Analysis: It's possible Mohammed bin Salman won't ever be able to shake off the self-created stigmas, no matter how hard he tries.
Opinion: With English Premier League teams regularly losing money, this Saudi deal is likely more about 'sports washing' than making a profit, writes Kristian Coates Ulrichsen.
Comment: Forcing AJ+ to register as a foreign agent raises serious questions about foreign influence on US politics, and is a worrying attack on free speech, writes Kristian Coates Ulrichsen.
Comment: Kristian Coates Ulrichsen takes a deep dive into what's driving bin Zayed's aggressive foreign policy agenda, the risks involved, and the future of UAE's alignment with Saudi Arabia.
Comment: The opportunity for political progress in Afghanistan and the possibility of diplomatic mediation with Iran make Sheikh Tamim's visit a timely one, writes Kristian Coates Ulrichsen.
Comment: Amid prospects of a prolonged low oil price, a gloomy forecast looms for Saudi Arabia, writes Kristian Coates Ulrichsen.
While attention focuses on domestic debates within the United States and Iran, the regional dimension, especially in the Arab Gulf, should not be lost sight of, writes Kristian Coates Ulrichsen.