Defence against cyber attacks on national security infrastructure and the use of cyber technology in warfare are discussed in this follow on article from the Middle East Military Technology Conference 2019 (MEMTEC) by Dr Ashraf Keshk.
The escalation in regional threats brings focus to the need for secure, stable states to maintain a stable regional power balance; Dr. Ashraf discusses the importance of collaborations and at how this is being implemented in the GCC region.
Regional conflict brings with it the ever-present risk of environmental disaster such as oil spills. Dr Ashraf Keshk looks at the preparedness in Bahrain and the GCC countries and at the importance of cooperation and training to combating future disaster.
In a follow up article to the recent Middle East Military Technology Conference (MEMTEC), Dr. Ashraf looks at the need to update the military doctrine of countries to take into account developing technologies and the increase in asymmetric warfare.
The importance of planning for potential security crises in the region is important so that situations can be detected early and to ensure a rapid response. Dr. Ashraf Keshk discusses the strategic value of crisis management planning and of the need to prepare for eventualities ahead of time.
In a recent newspaper article, Dr. Ashraf Keshk discusses Bahrain's latest move to join the US-led Alliance to protect Maritime Corridors in the region and looks at the likely activities and impacts of the Gulf States role in the alliance.
How do EU and US perspectives converge and diverge with regards to Iranian threats? Dr. Ashraf Keshk delves into the complexities of current agreements and alliances between the US and EU states and their impact on policies towards Iran.
Analysts are concerned that the US economy is heading toward a recession. In a recent article in Al Arabiya, Dr. Omar Al Ubaydli suggests that Saudi policymakers should prepare for the fallout by continuing to diversify the economy away from oil, while building links to ensure good relations with the next US administration, regardless of political party.
In the last five years especially, the government of Saudi Arabia has taken substantive steps to get women into the workforce. Dr. Omar Al Ubaydli notes that 'the variety and depth of the reforms is remarkable, and indicates a methodical approach to reversing one of the lowest rates in the world' ........
Gulf countries have announced $125 billion of new projects during the first half of 2019. Dr. Omar Al-Ubaydli looks into the pros and cons of investments into such construction projects and at whether these will reap economic benefits further down the line.
On 28 July 2019, a new form of bilateral cooperation was unveiled with the establishment of the Saudi-Bahraini Coordination Council. Mohammed Bu Hasan looks into the significance of this agreement.....
In the fourth and final part of Dr. Ashraf Keshk's series of articles on the challenges and responses to regional security threats, he considers the strategic options open to Gulf States to counter these threats.......
Iran’s threats have been described as part of the IRGC’s propaganda warfare aiming to destabilise the region, according to analyst Mahmood Abdul Ghaffar who was quoted in the local press today. He went on to note: “In the past, Iran threatened to use its ballistic missile to strike various Gulf and US targets throughout the region,
In the third part of Dr. Ashraf Keshk's four-part discussion on the challenges and responses to regional maritime security threats, he delves into the complexities of countering Iran's hegemonic ambitions.......