Center for the Middle East News

Gulf Arab allies hail triumph after U.S. quits Iran deal
Fellow for the Middle East Kristian Coates Ulrichsen comments on the reaction of Gulf countries to the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
May 10, 2018, 9:31 a.m.

Trump rolls out the red carpet for Saudi Crown Prince
Fellow for the Middle East Kristian Coates Ulrichsen is quoted in an Arab News article on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's meeting with President Donald Trump:
March 22, 2018, 10:34 a.m.

In search of investors, Saudi Prince is coming to America
Baker Institute director Edward P. Djerejian and Middle East fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen are quoted in Forbes about Mohammed bin Salman's upcoming trip to the United States.
March 1, 2018, 12:48 p.m.

Saudi Military Leaders Replaced Amid Stalemated War in Yemen
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East, comments on the shake-up in Saudi Arabia's military leadership as the country remains mired in a stalemate in Yemen.
Feb. 27, 2018, 11 a.m.

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:
May 26, 2017, 11:17 a.m.