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.


Understanding Oman’s Stance on the Ukraine War


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Advocating for Assad: The Effects of Warming UAE-Syria Ties on Emirati Amer...

U.S. – Gulf Policy

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42nd GCC Summit: An Opportunity for Reconciliation


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The Red Sea Meeting and Emerging Efforts for Gulf Reconciliation


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Turkey and the UAE Inch Towards Reconciliation


Since before the onset of the 2011 Arab Spring protests, Turkey has had a tenuous...


Making Sense of the Southern Transitional Council’s Latest Visit to Russi...


Formed under Emirati patronage in 2017, the Southern Transitional Council (STC) is Yemen’s dominant southern...


Gulf States Embolden Morocco as Temperatures Rise in Western Sahara


December 2020 will be remembered as a watershed month for US-Morocco relations. President Donald Trump...


COVID-19: A Unifying Enemy for the Gulf Region?

Politics & Governance

In an era of hyper-globalization, the global pandemic known as “COVID-19” (also referred to as...


‘Neo-Ottoman’ Ambitions in the Post-American Middle East: Stake...


Officially, Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria has been about two major objectives. First,...


The PMF’s Fight for Legitimacy in Iraq

Defense & Security

Formed in 2014, the initial raison d’etre of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) was to...


Investing in Saudi Arabia’s NIDLP

Economy & Innovation

With the widespread outrage following the Khashoggi case, the imprisonment of human rights activists in...


Qatar Says No to Rapprochement with Syrian Regime


Largely due to the support Damascus that has received from key allies

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