National Defense Authorization Act 2020 and the Gulf

After months of negotiations, the House and Senate committees responsible for drafting the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund the military and Department of…

GCC Reconciliation: Restoration or Reconfiguration?

For the first time since the Gulf crisis began on June 5th, 2017, strong indicators ahead of the annual GCC summit in Riyadh on December…

Abdulmehdi’s Resignation: Scratching the Surface of Reform

After two months of protests that have resulted in the deaths of roughly 400 protestors (the most violent political unrest in Iraq since the removal…

Saudi Aramco’s IPO: Challenges Facing the Kingdom’s Crown Jewel

Long-awaited finite details of what will be the largest initial public offering (IPO) in history were finally announced by Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company: Aramco….

Yemen Crisis: Relevance of STC Poses New Questions for Congressional Action

When the 116th Congress left Washington D.C. in observance of the August 2019 recess, the congressional agenda toward Yemen seemed relatively straightforward. Democrats, in addition…

Yemen: A State Torn, Not Restored

A recent escalation of fighting in the south of Yemen has renewed calls and increased demands from secessionist groups for independence. This comes amidst a…

New Allies, Antagonists and Realities: The Future of OPEC

This month, OPEC and its allies (commonly referred to as OPEC+) agreed to extend a previously negotiated production cut in an attempt to control the…

Between Sanctions and Survival: Iraqi Sovereignty amidst U.S.–Iranian Competition

Iraq has recently made ample evidence of the careful balancing act it must pursue between two strategic allies: Iran and the United States. Baghdad has…

Candidate(s) Briefing: The Gulf & the First Democratic Debates

While conventional political wisdom dictates that foreign policy is one of the last considerations voters make when casting their ballots for a presidential candidate, the…

A Veto Is not Enough to Get Congress and Trump on the Same Page in Regards to Saudi Arabia

Today, the United States Senate voted on a series of bills seeking to block an impending sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United…

Two Years In and the Gulf Crisis Remains at a Standstill

As we reflect on the Gulf crisis’s fast-approaching second anniversary, it is indisputable that the past two years have unveiled serious underlying conflicts among the…

Iraq and Its Gulf Neighbors: Transforming Challenges into Opportunities

In recent months signs have emerged that the Gulf may be witnessing…