Center for the Middle East News

Fallout from Trump's Jerusalem announcement
Baker Institute director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian appeared on Al Jazeera Arabic to discuss President Trump's decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and its possible ramifications for U.S. policy in the Middle East.
Dec. 11, 2017, 1:52 p.m.

What Trump's Jerusalem announcement means for the world
President Donald Trump Wednesday announced the U.S. would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He also directed the State Department to “begin preparation to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.” Fellow Joe Barnes appeared on Houston Matters to discuss the implications of this controversial move.
Dec. 6, 2017, 4:37 p.m.

The impact of Hariri's resignation
Saad Hariri’s resignation as prime minister of Lebanon not only upsets the country’s fragile balance of interests, said Ambassador Edward Djerejian in a recent interview.  “On top of the internal situation, when we look at the external factors — the Iran-Saudi confrontation, the [so-called] Sunni-Shia split (which is more political than sectarian), the GCC rift (Qatar), the war in Yemen, and now the situation in Lebanon as it exploded in the last week — they all point to external confrontations and a series of proxy conflicts ... You cannot separate what is happening in Lebanon from the geopolitical regional picture.”
Nov. 13, 2017, 1:05 p.m.

Sen. Corker Suspends Arms Sales to GCC
On Monday, Sen. Bob Corker, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stated in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that he would block all sales of arms to members of the Gulf Cooperation Council until the ongoing diplomatic crisis with Qatar was resolved. "Corker's letter was a shot across the bows of the White House and a clear signal of frustration at the way the president and his team have handled the Gulf crisis," said Kristian Coates Ulrichsen in an interview with Deutsche Welle.
June 27, 2017, 2:23 p.m.

Arab States Sever Diplomatic Ties with Qatar
On Monday, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties with Qatar in a coordinated move, joined later by other Arab nations. "It seems that the Saudis and Emiratis feel emboldened by the alignment of their regional interests — toward Iran and Islamism — with the Trump administration," fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen said in an interview with Reuters.
June 5, 2017, 9:45 a.m.

Qatar 'hacking' revives Gulf tensions
Qatar claims that hackers attacked the state news agency and published false remarks attributed to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani that were critical of U.S. President Donald Trump. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East, comments on whether the incident may affect Qatar's long-term relationships with other Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Yahoo News: https://yhoo.it/2r4kECr.
May 26, 2017, 11:17 a.m.

Trump's Mideast Trip Signals Shift in Foreign Policy Priorities
Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute, tells the Arab News that President Trump’s trip to the Middle East demonstrates his willingness to "reengage the U.S. with its traditional partners" in the Gulf and the Middle East.
May 19, 2017, 10:58 a.m.

How Iran Became an Undemocratic Democracy
Middle East fellow Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar is quoted in a New York Times story on Iran’s presidential election.
May 18, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Gulf States Are Turning to Asia
While the United States has largely reduced its dependence on energy resources from the Middle East, Asia has grown more dependent on them, fostering a deepening relationship between the two regions that goes beyond simple transactions for oil and gas. These growing ties between the Gulf and Asia have the potential to reshape geopolitical patterns and relationships, writes Kristian Coates Ulrichsen.
April 21, 2017, 10:59 a.m.

Why is No One Trying to Stop the Yemeni Conflict?
Fellow for the Middle East Kristian Coates Ulrichsen appeared on the BBC's "The Inquiry" to analyze ongoing Saudi Arabian involvment in the conflict in Yemen.
April 7, 2017, 3:31 p.m.