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Find out more about global affairs at www.bhuth.ae with expert's researched documents, they are always busy collecting information from different sources around the globe. Read blogs by international researchers and writers. Global affairs journal is all about diplomacy, international relations, foreign conflicts and foundations.

B'huth Global Affairs Division

The Global Affairs division at b’huth aims to contextualize global trends and current events and the globalization of issues for the region. The team also works on identifying emerging and existing global trends, with the objective of understanding its implications on the UAE and the GCC.

The trend analysis aids in identifying potential and existing opportunities to capitalize on and risks that could be mitigated through proactive policy decisions or public engagement. Whether the public be local citizens, international governments or international media.

The trends  underscored range from social issues , to economy, politics , the environment and security.

Expertise of "Global Affairs" Department

Areas of expertise include looking at global manifestations of terrorism and extremism and its ripple effect on national security and international relations. The team also explores Political Islam.

  • Iran’s no-show in Mecca , but could it lead to War?

    19-06-2016

    Since the start of the year, there has been recurring speculation amongst some well-known, and many not so well known, Gulf commentators concerning the possibility that Saudi Arabia and Iran’s unwavering enmity might soon culminate in all-out war

    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


  • World Values Survey (Wave 7)

    29-05-2016

    Several social research centers, independent or affiliated to universities have been engaged in the implementation of international programs which  study and  record   the social attitudes in various countries  through  the application of a unified methodology and a single  time frame. This article explores the World Values Survey and the added value it provides in forming public policy. 

    img Yasir Al-Muqbel
    Senior Non-Resident Fellow -Pubic Opinion Studies


  • 26-06-2016


    img Dr. Steve Tatham
    Senior Non- Resident Fellow - Global Affairs


  • 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


  • Dilma leaves but problems in Brazil remain

    21-06-2016

    Millions of Brazilians who went to the streets to celebrate the  removal of President Dilma Rousseff  will not live better, with at least 100 million citizens celebrating the beginning of the impeachment procedure for President Rousseff, whom as of 12th May 2016, is no longer  the head of state of Brazil. 

    img Rudy Simonassi
    Senior Non- Resident Fellow- Global Affairs


  • Understanding Brexit

    01-07-2016

    Being presumably intelligent people, the EU decision makers must have forecast and been happy with the effect that this expansion would have on migration, as human nature inevitably took its course – many people in the poorer countries migrated to the richer ones, as they always do if they are allowed to

    img Simon Kay
    Senior Non- Resident Fellow - Global Affairs


  • US Political Trauma of 2016: Implications for MENA

    30-08-2016

    Reprehensible ideas and vitriolic language have blazed into mainstream public discourse in the US 2016 election: “unfit to serve,” “liar,” “corrupt,” “bigot,” “delusional.” This essay offers context for this narrative we are seeing.

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


  • Daesh in Europe: Terrorism or Mass Murder?

    03-09-2016

    Whether all of this year’s violence should be categorised as ‘terrorism’ or not, it seems very clear that Daesh propagandists are also opportunists. Read more....

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Legislating Decency

    07-09-2016

    For an American, Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Speech (note capital letters) are sacred rights.   Born in rebellion against the English king who would jail and torture those who spoke out in criticism, Americans censor nothing.  You can get away with saying or writing almost anything in the U.S.

    img Kay Wise
    Principal Consultant


  • Arab Youth - Just who is responsible?

    21-09-2016

    Many other countries - in the West as well as in the Arab world - should take note of what a small, but evidently influential, country has achieved, principally by taking responsibility for its youth. Read more

    img Elizabeth McKinney-Bennett
    Senior Non-Resident Fellow -Global Affairs


  • US Congress Overrides President Obama’s Veto

    01-10-2016

    To understand the implications of what has happened in the US Congress – the veto over-ride, we should remember that the fundamental principle of international law is reciprocity – the golden rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you. 

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


  • 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


  • Major Candidates in US 2016 Presidential Election

    06-11-2016

    Countdown to US elections of 2016. Here's what you need to know about the candidates.

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


  • 13-11-2016


    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • President Trump and the GCC

    10-11-2016

    The fact that Donald Trump was the unexpected winner of Tuesday’s vote and the notion that he is coming to office with no previous political or foreign affairs experience has led many international relations experts to express fears that he will rely too heavily on ‘gut instinct’ and his assertive approach to business; treating international relationships as “transactional” rather than in pursuit of global security.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Why Rural America Voted Trump

    01-12-2016

    Trump voters have been called racist, xenophobic, stupid, and worse.  Some, no doubt, are all those things, but let me tell you about the real people I know who voted for Donald Trump.

    img Kay Wise
    Principal Consultant


  • President Trump: What the UAE, The GCC and the Wider Middle East may Expect

    20-01-2017

    At midday tomorrow Eastern Standard Time, 20th January 2017, Donald Trump will step forward to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America.  Perhaps not since the inauguration of Ronald Reagan in January 1980 has there been such a mix of expectation and anxiety about an incoming President.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • What Can We Read into President Trump's Inaugural Speech?

    21-01-2017

    Donald Trump was sworn in January 20th as the 45th President of the United States. He used his 20-minute inaugural address to emphasise his over-riding commitment to “making America Great Again”.  He repeated his campaign pledges to put the interests of the US first and to give primacy to all things American in his administration’s dealings both at home and abroad.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • 04-02-2017


    img Mohammed Baharoon
    Director General


  • UAE Defence - Russia Makes a Move

    25-02-2017

    One of the main points of discussion during this week’s biennial IDEX defence exhibition was the announcement that the UAE and Russia had signed a bilateral co-operation agreement to explore the opportunities for developing a fifth-generation light fighter-jet aircraft and to pursue a possible sale of Sukhoi Su-35s to the UAE Air Force.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • UAE warning to Mr Trump: Send Dr Jekyll not Mr. Hyde

    06-03-2017

    Over the six weeks since Donald Trump entered the White House, opinions concerning the new President’s strategy towards the GCC and Iran remain confused.  On one hand, many commentators anticipated a strong backlash from the Middle East against the new administration over Mr Trump’s apparently racist approach to barring Muslims from entering the United States.  They also expected the new President to take early steps towards fulfilling his campaign commitment to make those he had previously claimed were enjoying a “free ride” on American security guarantees, to pay for American defence undertakings.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Flying into Danger - Gulf Carriers Face Trade War

    12-03-2017

    This Sunday, Emirates is due to inaugurate its latest service to the United States – a route from Dubai to Newark that stops over in Athens and allows passengers to join the flight at that stage – a so-called ‘fifth freedom’ service under Open Skies protocols.  Similar to the two-year-old route from Dubai to JFK Airport New York that stops over in Milan, Emirates’ competitors sense a threat as the Dubai carrier starts to eat into what are generally perceived as lucrative and jealously guarded transatlantic routes.  Today, if you are a passenger wishing to travel to New York from Athens, except during the summer months, you have no choice but to stopover in another European hub.  From Sunday, Emirates in effect launches the first, year-round, non

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • The Weekly: US Intentions in Syria - Implications for UAE

    07-04-2017

    On Tuesday 4th April, the people of the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun were the targets of an attack using a chemical weapon.  Early analysis suggested that this involved the deadly nerve agent, Sarin.  At least 70 people died, including 27 children.  The video footage of those who were struggling to survive, together with the emotional testimony from victims’ families mobilised international sympathy in a manner which few other military attacks have achieved over the past six years of war.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • The Weekly: Election Fever in Europe

    21-04-2017

    Last Tuesday, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May walked out of No 10 Downing street to announce a General Election for 8th June.  On Saturday, millions of French people will visit polling stations to decide which two contenders should go through to the second and decisive round of voting to decide who will be the next President of France on Saturday 6th May.  At the same time, the international media is already focusing on September in Germany when Chancellor Merkel will be seeking a fresh mandate to govern for another five years.  Election fever appears to be sweeping Europe

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Arab Islamic American Summit: a gathering of 55 world leaders

    22-05-2017

    The Summit that took place in Riyadh on 20 -21 May 2017 was the first leg of President Trump’s first international tour as Head of State. Several media commentators had seen this visit as a prelude to a strategic repositioning of long standing US relations with the GCC and other Arab nations. 

    img Lana Abdelhameed
    Deputy Director, Global Affairs


  • 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


  • Is it time to separate religion from politics in the Maghreb?

    05-06-2017

    The slogan "Step Down", which was widely used in the Arab Spring revolutions several years ago, has begun to reappear in the region from Tataouine in South Tunisia, a country that ignited the Arab Spring seven years ago. The slogan this time is carried by angry youth against the governor of Tataouine state to demand the rights of the residents to share the governorate’s wealth. 

    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


  • Russiaphobia .. Motives and objectives

    27-05-2017

    The term "Russia Phobia" or "Russophobia" as pronounced by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, appeared on the political and media arenas, and spread extensively over the past few days, mainly after President Donald Trump won the US presidential elections, which was contrary to all expectations worldwide. Since the victory of Trump, the US internal arena ismounting, not against Trump, but against Russia, against which accusations are leveledin the US Congress and the US media that it is behind the victory of Trump for its direct interference in the electoral process and the hacking of the rival Democratic Party websites.

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


  • SCO approves membership of India, Pakistan, rejects Iran “Russia's insincere enthusiasm to add Tehran to SCO”

    21-06-2017

    The summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was held in capital of Kazakhstan "Astana" on Thursday and Friday, 8 and 9 June 2017. This organization was established under a Russian-Chinese initiative in June 2001, and its statement of establishment was signed by 6 countries, which are Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, in addition to the member countries.  Six countries of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia contributed in works of the organization, and six countries of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka contributed in cooperation.

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


  • 25-07-2017


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


  • War of Words between USA & North Korea

    11-08-2017

    The President Trump administration has clearly had enough of North Korea’s belligerent rhetoric which has continued to raise diplomatic tensions between the two countries and has included a threat to destroy the US military base on Guam. The article in the UK Times[1] quotes the US Defence Secretary, James Mattis, when he said that ‘the Trump administration warned North Korea last night (9 August) to drop its quest for a nuclear missile capable of reaching the US or face ‘the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.’ An immediate show of force was dispatched in the form of two US B-1B strategic bombers which flew close to the Korean peninsula escorted by Japanese fighter jets.   [1] https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/stop-or-we-ll-destroy-you

    img Mark Douglas McKinney
    Non- Resident Fellow - Global Affairs


  • 18-08-2017


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