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Cybersecurity In The Gulf: The Middle East’s Virtual Frontline

The Middle East, particularly the Gulf states, are quickly recognizing the urgent need for better cybersecurity, while regional adversaries such as Iran have begun weaponizing code as an extension of broader strategic goals within the region. What, though, is the Gulf’s current cybersecurity atmosphere, and how does Iran’s emerging use of offensive cyber capabilities fit into its broader strategy in the Middle East?

Read Here – The Cipher Brief

One Map That Explains The Dangerous Saudi-Iranian Conflict

What the map shows is that, due to a peculiar correlation of religious history and anaerobic decomposition of plankton, almost all the Persian Gulf’s fossil fuels are located underneath Shiites. This is true even in Sunni Saudi Arabia, where the major oil fields are in the Eastern Province, which has a majority Shiite population.

Read Here – The Wire

Saudi Arabia’s New “With Us Or Against Us” Attitude

This January King Salman will mark a year as leader of Saudi Arabia. As the new cabinet in Riyadh adjusts to the personal proclivities and vision of King Salman for the year ahead, it will face pressures to maintain its unity and support for a new set of policies for the Kingdom, even as realities evolve on the ground.

Read Here – The National Interest

Pro-Israel Lobby Prepares To Battle Obama Over Iran

As U.S. and Iranian negotiators approach the June 30 deadline to reach a nuclear deal, America’s largest pro-Israel lobby is campaigning to kill such an accord in Congress. Since last month, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee has mobilized its members to press legislators to endorse five principles for a nuclear deal — principles that are almost certain not to be reflected in a final agreement.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Lessons From Arab Spring

The CCP has a history of monitoring political unrest around the world closely. The Arab Spring is no different.

Read Here – The Diplomat

New Tests For U.S. In The Middle East

The United States is facing the worst of all worlds in the Middle East: interventions that erode Washington’s prestige and popularity but fail to exert enough influence to secure U.S. interests. If Secretary of State John Kerry‘s effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks is to succeed — and if the United States is to secure its interests, ranging from oil security to nuclear nonproliferation — America must once again play a leading role in the region.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Brotherhood After Morsi

For the Muslim Brotherhood to play a constructive role in Egypt’s rebirth, it will have to opt for cooperation. Here’s why it might.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Who Will Save Egypt?

Underneath all the anger in Egypt lies a basic fact: The country’s economy is in deep trouble. Normally a country in such a bad way would go to the IMF for support. Instead, it has tried to play the fund and Gulf donors off one another to stay afloat.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

U.S. Shale Gas Revolution Hits Asia

Asia’s energy-hungry economies are turning to a new, politically stable and potentially cheaper source of gas: the United States. While the domestic debate continues over U.S. energy exports, major gas importers such as Japan, South Korea and China are scrambling to invest in the new energy superpower’s gas projects.

Should major exporters of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Asia, such as Australia, be concerned about the emerging competitive threat?

According to analysts, the short answer is no. However, this has not stopped a number of deals in recent times involving potential U.S. gas exports.

Read Here – The Diplomat

The Global Indian

No other country has anything like it – an annual jamboree of its diaspora, conducted with great fanfare by its government. India has been doing it, with great success, for a decade, timed to recall the return to India of the most famous Indian expatriate of them all, Mahatma Gandhi, who alighted from his South African ship in Bombay on January 9, 1915. As I write, the southern port city of Kochi is overflowing with expatriate Indians celebrating their connection to their motherland.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

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