Geopolitics

GCC

The Enemy of My Enemy: Ukrainian Diplomacy in the Gulf

On November 6, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stridently condemned Iran for supplying unmanned aerial vehicles...

GCC

The Gulf States Weigh Trade-Offs of Engaging With the Taliban

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the massive evacuations of international troops dramatically altered Afghanistan’s...

Iran

Lessons of History: The Fleeting Nature of Iran-Russia Collaboration

Isolated from the international community and full of antipathy toward the West, Iran and Russia...

Iran

Overconfidence Costs Iran Influence in the South Caucasus

Amid mass protests gripping its major cities, Iran’s relations with the states in its immediate...

GCC

FIFA 2022 Qatar and Building Bridges in the Gulf

All across Qatar, excitement has steadily built as the small Gulf monarchy prepares for the...

GCC

Competing Interests and Disparate Payoffs: GCC States Weigh Outcomes of Ira...

The widespread upheaval in Iran following the killing of Mahsa Amini has shifted international attention...

Iran

Iran’s Stakes in the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Standoff

From the moment the USSR imploded in 1991, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan’s relationship has been typified...

Qatar

Is the World Cup Actually Helping Qatar Project Soft Power?

Qatar will host the 22nd edition of the World Cup between November 20 and December...

Iran

Why Iran Opposes Azerbaijan’s Zangezur Corridor Project

The Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, fought from September to November 2020, ended with a significant victory...

GCC

How Could Turkey-Gulf Relations Transform in a Post-AKP Turkey

Over the past two years, we have witnessed a significant diplomatic rapprochement between Turkey and...

Iran

In the Rearview Mirror: The Case of Iranian Influence in Bosnia

As an important actor in the wider Islamic world, Iran wields some soft power clout...

GCC

“Dust Diplomacy” and Climate Change May Bring Gulf States Toget...

The Middle East in recent years has seen an unprecedented number of sand and dust...

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