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Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg

Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg is the GCC Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs & Negotiation, and a columnist for Arab News.

07 July 2020 02:43 PM

Iran’s fires highlight need for international nuclear safety oversight

Iranian authorities revealed on Sunday that the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility sustained “significant damage” when a fire broke out there

05 May 2020 03:19 PM

Iran using virus crisis to revive image, escalate tensions

The hard-liners of Iran — primarily the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) — are using the cover of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

24 February 2020 07:41 PM

Iranian opacity increases coronavirus threat in region

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) last week convened an emergency meeting of ministers of health to coordinate their response to the novel

18 February 2020 11:33 PM

Iran’s elections likely to make things worse for the region

Iran’s hardliners are expected to consolidate their grip on power through engineering parliamentary elections set for Feb. 21. With most

28 August 2019 02:56 PM

Iran’s talk of nonaggression pacts a red herring

Iran’s diplomacy these days appears focused on one goal: Driving a wedge between the US and its allies to frustrate Washington’s efforts to build a global coalition to safeguard international shipping in the Gulf against Tehran’s repeated attacks.

21 August 2019 03:16 PM

Houthi attacks a valuable bargaining chip for Iran

Two back-to-back events last week demonstrated Iran’s intention to escalate its attacks on Saudi Arabia, its meddling in Yemen’s affairs and its challenging of US sanctions.

24 July 2019 04:35 PM

Multilateral approach the best way to confront Iran’s outlaw antics

This crisis has demonstrated that there is no difference on substance between Iran’s “moderates” and “hardliners.”

26 June 2019 01:02 PM

Iran would be mistaken to think US threat is over

After President Donald Trump last week called off airstrikes on Iran while the mission was en route to attack, some thought it was the end of any military threat against Iran. ​

17 June 2019 09:32 PM

Designate IRGC, Houthis to increase pressure on Iran

As Germany and Japan were not able to persuade Iran to climb down from its collision course with the international community, it is important to consider the next steps to avoid war and at the same time bring Tehran to the negotiating table to discuss the concerns of its neighbors and the world at large.

11 June 2019 03:03 PM

Japan and Germany well placed to help Iran climb down

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will visit Iran this week. These visits could help defuse the tensions in the region if they deliver a clear message to Iran, and if Tehran gets that message, about the evolving international consensus that it needs to change its behavior.

04 June 2019 12:57 PM

Will Iran heed the GCC summit’s message of peace?

The nine-point statement issued at the conclusion of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) emergency summit summarized the discussions that took place prior to and at the summit, which was held in Makkah last Thursday. The summit was prompted by the attacks Iran carried out against Saudi Arabia and the UAE last month.

22 May 2019 01:54 PM

GCC summit to shape regional consensus on Iran’s provocations

Last week’s attacks off the Fujairah coast damaged four commercial ships, mostly oil tankers — two Saudi, one Emirati and one Norwegian.

25 April 2019 02:32 PM

Scrutiny of US political system inspires awe once again

To be in Washington these days is to experience one of those epic periods when the American political system works to heal itself.

17 April 2019 12:14 AM

GCC and Iraq seizing historic opportunity to engage

Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi will this week visit Saudi Arabia — a sign of the growing relationship between the two countries and between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) bloc and Iraq. During his visit to Riyadh, the prime minister is scheduled to meet GCC officials.

13 March 2019 11:04 AM

Why ISIS will continue to be a menace in Iraq and Syria

As ISIS fighters try to defend Baghouz, their last enclave in eastern Syria, it is important to heed the warnings of top military commanders that the fight against the terror group is not going to be over any time soon.

06 March 2019 12:12 PM

How the ICJ could resolve the Kashmir conflict

The world has averted an all-out war over Kashmir between India and Pakistan, but probably not for long, judging by the past. For a few days last week, it appeared as if the two nuclear nations were on a collision course.

14 February 2019 01:20 PM

Hezbollah should not be allowed to benefit from Venezuela crisis

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that Hezbollah “has active cells” in Venezuela, adding that it and Iran are “impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America. We have an obligation to take down that risk for America.”

23 January 2019 10:48 AM

European disunity on Iran

Developments over the past few days have made it quite clear that Europe is divided over Iran in several ways.