KSA

The Old Saudi-US Relationship Is No More. What Next?

Commentary

No one appeared to have grasped in the early days after Biden took his oath...

KSA

If Washington Abandons Riyadh, Moscow is Waiting

Commentary

Two seemingly unrelated developments that commenced in early 2021 – the US-Saudi brawl escalating to...

Yemen

Biden’s Problem in Yemen: The Houthis are Winning

Commentary

The Houthi rebels currently feel emboldened in Yemen’s war. The Iran-aligned movement believes that it...

Iran

What to Make of the Iran-China Deal

Commentary

It was announced on March 27 2021 that China and Iran had signed a 25-year...

Qatar

Can Qatar Simultaneously be Pragmatic and Principled in Syria?

Commentary

As the Syrian Civil War continues in its tenth year, it is safe to say...

GCC

GCC-Iranian Dialogue is Hard—But Necessary

Commentary

The tension in the Gulf region related to Iran is increasing. At the same time,...

KSA

Securing the Bab el-Mandeb: Can Threats to the Red Sea Drive Regional Coope...

Commentary

As the negotiations to end the war in Yemen continue, policymakers on all sides must...

KSA

Saudi Ceasefire Proposal in Yemen: Opportunities and Future Challenges

Policy Focus

The new Saudi initiative about a ceasefire in Yemen has opened the door for a...

Yemen

To End the War in Yemen, Stop the Battle for Ma’rib

Commentary

The new U.S. mediator will have to focus on an immediate ceasefire in Ma’rib to...

Qatar

A Rising Role: Qatar and its Competition in the Global Helium Market

Commentary

Thanks to Qatar’s increased production of helium and massive reserves in the North Dome field,...

Iraq

China’s Unsuccessful Swoop Into the Iraqi Oil Sector: (Not) the End of th...

Commentary

COVID-19 and collapsed oil prices have dealt a severe blow to Iraq’s economy, where approximately...

Iran

Let the Turbines Spin: Iran’s Opportunity to Combat Climate Change

Commentary

The cold season is upon Iran and air pollution levels are on the rise yet...

Kuwait

Kuwait is Not a European Democracy

Commentary

Kuwait’s political situation is in crisis. The political unrest that currently grips the country is...

Iraq

Corruption and Illicit Trade are Ravaging Iraq’s Borders

Commentary

As Iraq continues to experience sociopolitical strife and economic struggles, there remains a growing urgency...

Kuwait

Is Democracy Dying in Kuwait?

Commentary

Kuwait’s current political unrest is a topic of interest across the Middle East – both...

Kuwait

Kuwait’s Public Wages Bill Predicament

Commentary

For seven consecutive years, Kuwait has run a budget deficit, with public salaries, subsidies and...

Iran

Why Iran’s Sixth Development Plan Failed

Commentary

Following the end of the Iran-Iraq War, the Iranian majlis (parliament) has approved, implemented, and...

KSA

Will Riyadh’s Newest Economic Project Save the Saudi Economy?

Commentary

2020 has been a difficult year for the Gulf. All members of the Gulf Cooperation...

GCC

 Femicide: Regrettably, A Justifiable Crime in the GCC 

Commentary

On April 20th, 2021 a gruesome murder shook Kuwait and the shock quickly reverberated among...

GCC

Political Satire in the Shadow of Censorship: Lessons from Political Cartoo...

Commentary

Most discussions of civil society and state relations in the GCC states rely on the...

GCC

Advancing Women’s Political Representation in Gulf Governance

Reports

Executive Summary This report examines the policies and strategies utilized by the Gulf Cooperation Council...

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