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Geostrategic Affairs (Geostrategy)

Indepth geostrategic analysis of global affairs, what is happening where and what is the reason behind. Our research team is always busy in brining out the best researched material for its readers. We research about everything from the hub of success to aerospace enterprises to Iran & US affairs and a lot more. Keep following our website to know more about geostrategic affairs.

Geo Strategy - Events & Developments

One of our 4 core areas of specialty, our Geostrategic Affairs division provides context and an understanding from the Arab perspective on current events and developments , including those of political, security, diplomatic, social and economic nature within the Gulf Countries Council (GCC) region.

Geostrategic Affairs Team

The monitoring and analysis conducted by the Geostrategic Affairs team looks for indicators of potential shifts and trends in the GCC region, and their implications on the UAE and other GCC nation states and neighboring states as well. The implications studied aim to provide policy makers with insight into how this could change the landscape and indicate factors that could impact relationships, produce opportunities, underscore emerging and current issues that need attention.

These trends and context analyses are based on an our team’s direct engagement and interaction with other think tanks, researchers and hands on experience working in academia and government institutions. The published perspectives provide the context to aid understanding and highlights potential scenarios that could play out, while also providing policy guidelines and recommendations.

Geostrategic Division Concludes:

The division has launched the Reimagining Yemen program that looks into the sustainable development of Yemen after the ongoing conflict concludes.  

  • Iran Energy

    12-11-2015

    The international nuclear agreement with Iran, signed on 14th July, has encouraged widespread speculation and expectation concerning many potential aspects of what is in effect being seen as Iran’s re-entry to the ‘international community’.  Beyond the specifics of tighter international control and verification of Tehran’s nuclear programme, many commentators have already started to contemplate the potential consequences of the likely realignment of Western relations with Iran, particularly in the context of the United States. 

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • After “Northern Thunder” Will There Be Rain?

    25-04-2016

    When 350 thousand troops from 20 countries join a military exercise that involves over 20 thousand tanks,250 jet fighters and more than 400 helicopters, then there is a lot of thunder. Joint military exercises are seldom this big or complicated. 

    img Mohammed Baharoon
    Director General


  • Caught in the Middle: Iran and US Sanctions

    10-02-2010

    Patience in Washington with Iran is fast running out. The Obama administration seems to continue a twin-track approach to imposing greater sanctions on Iran: first through extensive diplomatic efforts to secure a much more punishing round of restrictions on trade through the UN Security Council and, secondly, through its own unilateral efforts.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Writing a new page in UAE policy: The case of the 'Islamic State’

    29-07-2015

    The world around the United Arab Emirates swirls with changes pulling several directions at once.  So far the leaders of this young country and their peoples have written a success story.  Together they have carefully chosen among alternative goals and policies by following the traditions of the majlis, today wrapping these in the technology of commercial and social media.  

    img Dr.Kenneth L. Wise
    Senior Non-Resident Fellow -Public Policy


  • Iran The Spectre of Sanctions

    27-06-2010

    After more than a year of preparatory diplomacy, the Obama administration led the UN Security Council (UNSC) into imposing a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its refusal to give ground on its nuclear programme. The merchandise the UNSC produced, however, may be as detrimental to the rest of the Gulf neighborhood as it is to Iran. The UAE seems to be showing that it will, as it has in each of the preceding three rounds of sanctions, live up to its UN obligations. This early initiative may help deflect some of the pressure that will flow toward the UAE from the sanctions that the US and the EU will try to impose in excess of the UN sanctions.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Dubai and Emirates The Hub of Success

    30-06-2010

    The Emirates Airlines offer is so obviously attractive that one has to question why no one else is doing it. Until they do, the carriers strategy will continue to pour people and resources into Dubai and the UAE. At its heart, Dubai is and always will be a trading hub and reshipment point. But to maintain success amongst mounting regional competition Dubai also has to remain cost effective - low tariffs, minimally invasive regulations, and reasonable operating costs.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Dubai Aerospace Enterprise and Emirates: Balancing the Books

    17-08-2010

    Behind the headline grabbing news, a specialist international newsletter called AirFinance Journal quietly revealed that the new Emirates orders were not really new contracts from Dubai at all but instead represented a re-balancing of the books for Dubais other venture into the aerospace sector, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE).

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • 27-04-2016


    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • 21-04-2016


    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • ISIS Messengers to Europe and the False Claims

    19-11-2015


    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • Why the UAE is Waging war to Liberate Yemen

    07-11-2015

    The real question is: 'Has our foreign policy really changed?'

    img Mohammed Baharoon
    Director General


  • The Impending Economic Scenarios after Irans Deal

    02-09-2015

    the lifting of sanctions will only take place by the spring of 2016, there is plenty of time to keep an eye for the many indicators to come

    img Mohammed Baharoon
    Director General


  • Iraq and Lebanon and Prospects for Change

    02-09-2015


    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • The making of an enemy

    30-06-2015

    Making an enemy is another way of practising politics...

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Hadramout is ravaged by pseudo sectarianism

    02-06-2015

    Al Houthis have changed their slogan...

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • Al Houthis have angered their opponents and lost their friends

    30-03-2015

    There is broad agreement that the Arab allies intervention is the only realistic solution to put matters right.

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • An unbearable burden on human conscience

    01-09-2014

    Thousands of demonstrators marched on the streets in almost every capital and major city...

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • National Dialogue Conference in Yemen: The Conclusion & Aftermath

    30-01-2014

    Are current events in Yemen a passing summer cloud or sharp and drastic changes in the political climate?

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • Canadas Problems with the UAE

    28-05-2011

    The UAE has decided to hang back from further effort to clear away the low-grade trade war that it finds itself in with Canada because the outcome of the recent Canadian election offers little prospect for settlement.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Islamism in the Maghreb is at Crossroads

    20-05-2016

    The future of Islamic groups in the Maghreb is surrounded by doubts, in light of their political status, practices, the authority and administration of the state.

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • Up Close with an Expert: Future of US-Iran relations

    25-06-2016


    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • Call for Peace away from Islamophobia

    17-07-2016

    The recent terror attack in Nice may not be the last episode within Europe, however it is a turning point for the relationship of France, Europe and the West in general with Islam and Muslims.

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • Kuwait Negotiation and the New Houthi’s War

    26-05-2016

    Like Geneva negotiations 1 and 2, Kuwait negotiations have failed. What is different in this negotiation is that they indicated for sure that the Houthis and their allies are not keen to make any concessions to protect what is left of their power in Sanaa.

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • The Central Bank of Yemen: a weapon of war?

    26-09-2016

    The war in Yemen is not limited to the political and military confrontations. Rather it comprises the economic factor which has always played as a latent factor during all conflicts in Yemen, whether in launching a conflict or in terminating it.

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • Is the alliance between KSA & the West coming to an  end?

    04-10-2016

    The rapid development of events within the United States Congress following the overwhelming 97-to-1 vote in the Senate to override President Obama’s veto against JASTA, could be indicative of a new trend in the US political system towards  a different version of relations with its GCC allies.

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • The new agenda of Yemen’s people

    22-11-2016

    Since the start of the war in 2015, a new agenda that involves citizens rather than elites and political leaders has taken place. This agenda has emerged from the destitution and economic needs of citizens, and it reflects their demands not the leaders'. 

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • Gulf-Iranian Rivalry in the African Continent

    14-12-2016

    Iran's network of relationships with African states indicates attempts to secure political loyalty & protect its interests in the region through different soft power tactics of political, military, religious, or economic means.

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • Is “ideology” the reason behind the failure of the Arab Spring?

    19-01-2017

    Some believe that ideology is not only one of the main reasons for the failure of the Arab Spring, but also a fundamental reason for the political instability apparent in most of the Arab world. An ideology that alienates others is pregnant with seeds of its own extinction; thus, it either fails due to its shortcomings, or is defeated by rival ideologies and demonization. The outcome is a state of political instability. 

    img Sumaya ِ Adam Issa Adam Eisa
    Senior Researcher- Global Affairs


  • UAE & Iran Sifting Fact from the Conjecture

    10-02-2017

    Largely unnoticed by the international media, on Tuesday this week – 7th February – Kuwait’s official news agency, KUNA, released a statement by Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah, expressing a cautious welcome for Iran’s earlier indication that it is willing to engage in dialogue with Gulf Co-operation Council member-states with a view to reducing tensions in the region and, in particular, bringing to a close war-fighting in Syria and Yemen.  This followed the visit to Tehran by Kuwait’s Foreign Minister HH Sabah al-Khaled al-Ahmad al-Sabah on 25th January as the envoy for all six GCC states.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • US strikes in Yemen will not put an end to AL Qaeda..

    06-03-2017

    Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis's statement that the recent American strikes on Al Qaeda in Yemen (known as AQAP) is part of a planning that “goes well back into last year,” and that the timing had nothing to do with Trump taking office may contradict with the successive and intensive strikes on the group's affiliates during the past few days Which reflect unusual high rate of strikes that lack the direction or the clear purposes. What’s new in this planning to put an end to Al-Qaeda in Yemen?

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • The Right of the People in Southern Yemen and the Dilemma of Secession

    23-05-2017

    The majority of crowds that rallied in the city of Aden on May 21 did not come from inside the capital, but they came from different southern provinces in huge numbers exceeded tens of thousands to demand the right of the people in southern provinces to separate from northern Yemen. The same day in 1994 secession was announced by Ali Salem AlBeid. However, that announcement was followed by a fierce civil war that asserted the continuity of unity by force.

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • 24-05-2017


    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • Qatar the ‘lone wolf’

    28-06-2017

    Earlier this month Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt took the radical decision to boycott Qatar as a GCC member. A previous eight-month rift occurred in 2014 when Saudi Arabia withdrew their ambassadors from Doha. The justification for this was again Qatari support for militant groups. 2014 did not however witness a boycott which included a land, sea and air blockade which is presently apparent

    img Rebecca Simpson
    Non- Resident Fellow , Global Affairs


  • Riding The Arabian Wave of Change in Saudi Arabia

    23-06-2017

    The international media has been unusually intrigued by this week’s announcement that HM King Salman Abdulaziz has elevated his 31-year-old son HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman to be the new Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia in place of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.  At the age of 82, and believed to be in faltering health, many commentators around the world immediately saw this week’s announcements not only as an indication of generational change but also of a growing desire within Saudi Arabia for rapid and radical social reform.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Middle East Security, and the Russian, American, and Iranian Trinity

    01-05-2017

      Talking about the security of the middle east, and its stability, considered to be a talk from yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Powers, policies, and interests multiplied, balances changed more than once, and the security of the middle east remains the same unsettled and unstable. Conflicts, war, fighting, destruction, and threats remained everywhere. Arabian Gulf Region specifically became a target and theatre for conflicts, and place for regional and global competition. 

    img Dr. Elmoghazy ElBadrawi
    Contributing Experts: Writer & Political Analyst