Author: Giorgio Cafiero

Giorgio Cafiero

Giorgio Cafiero is the CEO of Gulf State Analytics, a Washington, DC-based geopolitical risk consultancy. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, and an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project. Mr. Cafiero is a frequent contributor to Al Jazeera, Gulf International Forum, The New Arab, Responsible Statecraft, Stimson Center, and Amwaj.Media. Throughout Mr. Cafiero’s career he has consulted many public and private sector entities, briefed diplomats of various countries on Gulf affairs, and worked as a subject matter expert for multinational law firms. Mr. Cafiero holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego.

Iran

Iran’s Concerted Efforts to Secure a Foothold in Sudan

Geopolitics

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UAE

The UAE’s Complicated Taliban Outreach

Geopolitics

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Iran

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Geopolitics

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UAE

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Geopolitics

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Iran

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Defense & Security

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Iran

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Defense & Security

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Oman

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Politics & Governance

Twelve years ago, revolutionary fervor shook the Middle East and North Africa. The wealthy Gulf...

Iran

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Defense & Security

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GCC

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Geopolitics

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Iran

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Geopolitics

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Iran

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Geopolitics

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Iran

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Geopolitics

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