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...

Yemen

The West’s Houthi Policy is Rudderless in the Red Sea

Alexander Langlois

Since the onset of the Houthis’ missile launches against commercial shipping in the Red Sea,...

Iran

China as Peacemaker? Iran-Israel Hostilities Undermine Beijing’s New Role

Giorgio Cafiero

Iran and Israel’s “shadow war” descended into direct state-to-state attacks and counterattacks in April 2024,...

Iraq

From Concerns to Collaboration: Turkey, Iraq, Kuwait and the Development Ro...

Sinem Cengiz

Turkey’s diplomatic skill and mediation have been central to its relationship with Kuwait, particularly during...

GCC

The GCC’s Joint Security Vision: Reading Between the Lines

Dr. Jean-Loup Samaan

On March 29, Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC),...

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...

GCC

Analyzing the Iran-Israel Conflict in a Regional Context

Gulf International Forum

There Is No Silver Bullet to Stop Escalation Ambassador Patrick Theros Strategic Advisor and Senior...

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...

GCC

Shaping the Future: The 7th GECF Summit and Geopolitical Realities of the G...

Dr. Umud Shokri

The 7th Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) Summit in Algiers marks a crucial moment for...

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...

Kuwait

Lessons from the Past: Overcoming The Dissolution of the Kuwaiti Parliament

Dr. Courtney Freer

On May 10, Kuwaiti Amir Shaykh Mishaal al-Ahmed al-Sabah announced the dissolution of the country’s...

GCC

Gulf States’ Interests in Mediating Ukraine Peace Initiatives

Dr. Diana Galeeva

Once again, Qatar finds itself in the international spotlight for its high-profile international mediation efforts....

Iran

New Year’s Woes: Five Worrying Trends for Iranian Households

Mohammad Hashemi & Majid Heydari

March 21 marks the turn of the Persian calendar. Iranians welcome the Persian New Year...

Qatar

Leveling Up: Unlocking The Promise of Esports in Qatar

Dr. Hind Al Ansari

In some Arab Gulf States, the esports (electronic sports) industry is booming. Besides the entertainment...

GCC

Gulf States’ Opportunities in Kazakhstan’s Emerging Economy and...

Dr. Umud Shokri

When U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in San Francisco to...

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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