Commentary

Iraq

Rethinking Ayatollah al-Sistani’s Power in Iraq

Politics & Governance

For better or worse, one cannot overstate the role of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a...

Kuwait

Finding a Sense of Direction in Kuwait

Politics & Governance

In recent months, a variety of actors within Kuwaiti society have engaged in a far-reaching...

UAE

The UAE’s Israel-Iran Balancing Act

Geopolitics

On December 12, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE), marking...

UAE

Behind the UAE’s Russian Outreach

Energy Policy

The United Arab Emirates’ Mubadala holding company made its single largest investment in Russia on...

Kuwait

Expatriates’ Rights in Kuwait between Rentier Economy and Civil Society

Politics & Governance

The relationship between rulers and ruled stands at the forefront of the socio-economic environment in...

GCC

Gulf States’ Reaction to the JCPOA Talks

Geopolitics

On December 30, the eighth round of indirect nuclear deal talks between the United States...

Iran

Two Years After the Aban Protests, Iran Faces Increased Unrest

Politics & Governance

Two years have elapsed since Iran brutally repressed the November 2019 mass protests (also called...

Iran

Iran’s Combative Diplomacy Continues in Vienna

U.S. – Gulf Policy

After the withdrawal of the United States from the 2015 “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,”...

UAE

Hydrogen: the UAE’s Strategic Albeit Long-term Priority

Energy Policy

The Fall of 2021 marked two crucial developments that gave substance to the United Arab...

GCC

Perspectives on the 42nd GCC Summit Outcomes

Geopolitics

GCC Embraces Reconciliation, Prioritizes Economic Development Dr. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen Baker Institute Fellow for the...

UAE

What is the UAE’s Endgame with Iran?

Geopolitics

Observers in both the West and the Middle East erupted with speculation at the news...

GCC

42nd GCC Summit: An Opportunity for Reconciliation

Geopolitics

On December 14th, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will hold its forty-second annual summit in...

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