GCC

Normalization at What Cost? The Risk of Pushing Amid the Gaza War

Dr. Hind Al Ansari

As Israel’s war on Gaza approaches its ninth month and its aggressive tactics have come...

Iran

The Next Administration Will Still Find a Successful Iran Strategy Elusive...

Dr. Kenneth Katzman

The constraints and challenges facing U.S. policy toward Iran are largely as they were at...

Qatar

Unfairly Maligned? The Cost of Mediation on Qatar-U.S. Relations

Dr. Banafsheh Keynoush

Following the Hamas attack against southern Israel on October 7, 2023, calls have risen in...

Iran

Neither East nor West: Pezeshkian’s Challenge to Redefine Iran’...

Dr. Samuel Ramani

On July 5, reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian defeated his hardliner rival Saeed Jalili and was...

KSA

The Saudi-Sino Military Partnership: Ambitious or Overhyped?

Fuad Shahbazov

On June 18, Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,...

Iran

Iran’s Concerted Efforts to Secure a Foothold in Sudan

Giorgio Cafiero

Since Sudan’s ongoing civil war erupted in April 2023, the gruesome fighting between the Sudanese...

KSA

The Saudi-Sino Military Partnership: Ambitious or Overhyped?

Fuad Shahbazov

On June 18, Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,...

Iran

Strategic Messages and Capabilities: Analyzing the Retaliatory Strikes Betw...

Dr. Arman Mahmoudian

On April 1, as part of its periodic bombardment of Iranian and Iran-backed positions in...

Iran

Navigating a Tense Exchange: Israel and Iran Sent a Message, and Both Liste...

Dr. Mohammad Salami

The attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus on April 1 destroyed the building and...

KSA

Risky Business: Saudi Arabia’s Oil Price Hike and Market Reaction

Fuad Shahbazov

As the world’s leading energy exporter, Saudi Arabia’s decision to raise the price of oil...

Iran

Untangling the Motives Behind Iran’s New Energy Agreements

Dr. Umud Shokri

Though the country faces a raft of international sanctions and several major geopolitical hurdles, Iran’s...

GCC

Bridging Dreams and Reality: Masdar, NEOM, and the Future of Sustainable Li...

Dr. Hamid Pouran

In the vast expanse of the Arabian Peninsula, an ambitious vision is gradually coming to...

Iran

Election Apathy and Radical Shifts: Iran’s Electoral and Political Landsc...

Dr. Arman Mahmoudian

Several key points emerged from the first round of Iran’s presidential elections on Friday, June...

Iran

Contrasting Visions and Popular Discontent in Iran’s Presidential Electio...

Dr. Mohammad Salami

On Friday, June 28, 2024, Iranians headed to the ballot centers to cast their votes...

Iran

Succession and Legitimacy Struggles: Assessing Iran’s Post-Raisi Poli...

Dr. Mohammad Salami

On May 19, the helicopter carrying Iran’s hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, disappeared in the mountains...

GCC

Start-Ups and SMEs: Key Lessons for the GCC from Global Models

Dr. Frederic Schneider

The ambition to diversify the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) economies away from their reliance on...

GCC

Obstacles to Unleashing the Gulf’s Entrepreneurial Potential

Dr. Frederic Schneider

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have long striven to become less dependent on oil...

Iraq

Geopolitics and Challenges in Iraq’s Quest for Regional Connectivity

Dr. Umud Shokri

Last month, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Baghdad, Iraq announced that it would...

GCC

From Past to Present: Ghabga, Gargeean, and the Gulf’s Ramadan

Sinem Cengiz

In the middle of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, after the sun goes down,...

Qatar

An American University Retreats from Qatar to Texas

Professor Gary Wasserman

The undermining of America’s global role is most easily seen far from Washington—in College Station,...

Iran

Beyond Tradition: Iranians Celebrate Christmas to Defy the Regime

Dr. Mohammad Salami

Iran has centuries of history and civilization, with numerous national and religious symbols, days, and...

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