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The Shia Crescent: Propaganda in a Time of Rising Regional Tension
Jordan’s King Abdullah is credited with coining the phrase Shia or Shiite Crescent in 2004 in describing what he saw as the emergence of...
Iraq’s Al Abadi Faces a Careful Balancing Act
As Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al Abadi heads into a crucial election in May he finds himself in a challenging but in some ways...
Oman Enters the Front-lines of Diplomacy
While Oman’s foreign policy doctrine centers on maintaining friendly relations with all of its neighbors –which is based on...
Dr. Theodore Karasik
The Southern Strategic Arc of the UAE Military Presence
The Emirates see themselves not just as an advanced Arab country but also as...
Dr. Ali Bakeer
Making Sense of Qatar’s Military Buildup
In terms of geography and demography, Qatar is considered a small state, especially in comparison with its two neighboring...
Will the Gulf be Caught Up in a Nuclear Arms Race?
The release of the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review...
Giorgio Cafiero & Shehab Al Makahleh
Kuwait’s Role in London’s Return East of Suez
This month’s news about the United Kingdom’s (UK) consideration of a permanent military base...
Dr. Theodore Karasik & Madison Taylor
United Arab Emirates’ VAT is Not on Track
As the government seeks to raise revenue from VAT, the implementation has been slow and inefficient. VAT implementation will...
Dr. Courtney Freer
GCC and Russia beyond Syria
Since 2011, discussions of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-Russia relations have been dominated by their diverging approaches...
The Saudi-UAE Alliance Faces its Yemeni Stress Test
In recent years, the foreign policies of Gulf states, especially Saudi Arabia...
Will Regional Isolation Make Qatar More Democratic?
The Saudi-led blockade can lead Qatar to pursue ambitions it had previously suppressed...
Dr. Khalid Al-Jaber
Kuwait and Oman’s Stakes in the GCC’s Survival
As the Kuwaiti Emir recently warned, failure to resolve Gulf crisis could unravel the...