New @farzin_zandi:"#Iran's regional activities and two decades of geopolitical territorialization in its western flank are obvious, but with the Taliban’s accession, #SaudiArabia can engage Iran’s eastern borders as a response to Iran’s growing influence" https://gulfif.org/great-powers-new-conflict-in-afghanistan/
#ICYMI @SinemCngz: "Economy is not the sole tool that China can use in relations between #Turkey and the #GCC states; mediation and diplomacy are other tools." https://gulfif.org/china-is-quietly-mending-the-turkish-gcc-split/
Join us on Oct 27 at 12 PM ET for a virtual discussion with Dr. Zoltan Barany on his recent book, "Armies of Arabia: Military Politics and Effectiveness in the Gulf." The event will be moderated by Amb. Patrick Theros (@PNT_Gulf).
For more info & RSVP: https://gulfif.org/event/book-talk-armies-of-arabia-military-politics-and-effectiveness-in-the-gulf-by-dr-zoltan-barany/
Dr. @ushukrik:"The failure to resolve the problems in the Crescent contract, and the dissatisfaction on the Emirati side, show that the importance of energy diplomacy is not yet understood by the officials of the Ministry of Oil and the Iranian government" https://gulfif.org/iran-can-resolve-its-gas-disputes-through-active-energy-diplomacy/
🚨Dear y’all, here is my first analysis for @GulfIntlForum that focuses on the potential (constructive & instrumental) role #China can play in #Turkey-#GCC relations in the future. #BRI #Gulf https://twitter.com/GulfIntlForum/status/1449011203980857352
New Dr. @malaloosy: "#Iraq is a fragile state with a nascent political system. The political establishment failed for nearly the past two decades to strengthen the state’s institutions." https://gulfif.org/ugly-realities-of-iraqi-democracy-interference-voting-irregularities-and-misrepresentation/
My latest w/the Washington Post’s @monkeycageblog. I argue that Qatar’s Shura Council has relatively strong legislative powers granted in its constitution compared to other GCC states (see below). Yet it still remains to be seen how it will wield power. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/10/14/qatars-first-elected-parliament-may-have-more-power-than-other-persian-gulf-legislatures-heres-why/
Dr. @AliBakeer &Dr. @eyupersoy:"The decision to enhance bilateral relations is not up to #Turkey alone, both sides have to come to an agreement that better relations between #Riyadh and #Ankara would advance their mutual interests in the region and beyond" https://gulfif.org/prospects-for-saudi-turkey-rapprochement/
About #IraqElections, @DrAbbasKadhim: "Had this election had a great turnout, we would have seen a major loss for several traditional parties & it would have translated into major gains for independents & the protestors-leaning candidates"
Full interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFHgXlgAOOE&t=74s