Iran’s Regime Battles Unrest

For the second time in two years, Iran’s regime has witnessed significant nationwide unrest in response to deteriorating economic conditions that went on to challenge…

No Iran Solution in Sight

The September 14 attack on two critical Saudi oil infrastructure facilities has brought U.S. – Iran policy to a significant crossroads. This divergence has arguably…

U.S. Pressure on Iran’s Energy Sector

Overview U.S.-Iran tensions have the potential to roil the energy market, and along with it, the global economy.  In what amounts to an additional major…

Divergent Gulf State Interests in Rival Koreas

Recent developments on the Korean Peninsula – in particular, the improvement …

Gulf States Split on Iran

The Trump Administration’s strategy to contain Iran’s regional influence is seemingly predicated on unity among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, and an assumption of…

Did Pompeo’s Visit Reassure GCC Rivals?

In January 2019, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo visited the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, as well as Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq. The trip was…

History and Growth of the Iran – Hezbollah Axis

The 35-year relationship between Iran and the Lebanese branch of Hezbollah has …

Evolution of U.S.-GCC Defense Cooperation

U.S. defense ties to the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates [UAE], Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman) are extensive…