Commentary

Iraq

Three Tests for the New Iraqi PM’s Reform Agenda

Politics & Governance

Though Iraq finally formed a government this October after more than a year of political...

Iran

A Double-Edged Drone: How Russia’s Use of Iranian-made Drones Impacts Gul...

Defense & Security

As Russia continues its illegal invasion of Ukraine, it has secured crucial support from Iran...

Iran

Exploring the Limits of Chinese Public Diplomacy in Iran

Politics & Governance

From the moment protests erupted in Iran over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in...

Qatar

Due Diligence or Demonization? World Cup 2022 and Western Criticism of Qata...

Politics & Governance

Association football, or “soccer” to Americans, dominates the world of sports. More fans flock to...

GCC

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

Geopolitics

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

Geopolitics

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

Iran

Overconfidence Costs Iran Influence in the South Caucasus

Geopolitics

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

KSA

Not an Act: How Saudi Arabia’s Film Industry Embodies its Modernization E...

Politics & Governance

Over the past decade, Saudi Arabia has invested heavily in its entertainment sector, which holds...

Iran

Winter is Coming: Iran’s Looming Energy Crisis

Politics & Governance

The Iranian government is currently embroiled in the most serious threat to its rule since...

GCC

The GCC’s Tilt Toward Asian Regional Organizations

Defense & Security

Over the past year, the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have grown steadily...

GCC

Explaining the GCC’s Success Stopping Terrorist Attacks

Defense & Security

The member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have enjoyed relative prosperity and peace...

KSA

Saudi-U.S. Relations: New Priorities in a Changing World

U.S. – Gulf Policy

Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the United States has long been described as a partnership based...

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