Defense & Security

How to Deal with Russia in the Middle East and the Gulf Region?

In less than a decade, Russia has made significant advances in the Middle East and...

Iraq

The PMF’s Fight for Legitimacy in Iraq

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

Iran

Dealing with Iran: Trump’s Negotiating Formula Risks Unwanted War

Wars don’t just happen; there is always an underlying cause. Sometimes a predator sees an...

US Arms Trade in the Gulf: An Instrument of Whose Power and Influence?

“King, we’re losing our ass defending you, King, and you have a lot of money.”...

Turkey’s Involvement in Gulf Security

In a volatile global environment, small states tend to rely more on hedging as a...

Event Recap: Security & Defense in the Gulf: Impending Regional and International Changes

On December 6th, 2018 Gulf International Forum (GIF) hosted a panel titled...

Iran

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,...

The New Battlefront: Cyber Security Across the GCC

In the past decade, the Gulf region has become increasingly digitalized as its ...

Yemen

Hodeidah can be Crossroads for the War in Yemen

UAE-backed Yemeni forces led by Tariq Saleh, nephew of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh,...

The Southern Strategic Arc of the UAE Military Presence

The Emirates see themselves not just as an advanced Arab country but also as...

Making Sense of Qatar’s Military Buildup...

In terms of geography and demography, Qatar is considered a small state, especially in comparison...

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