Commentary

Iran

Raisi’s Pivot to East Policy: An Inefficient Lever Against the U.S.

“We will not tie the economic and living conditions of the people to the negotiations...

GCC

The GCC’s “Religious Tolerance” Masks Political Intolerance

Politics & Governance

Since their independence, the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council have each developed sophisticated...

Iran

Great Powers’ New Conflict in Afghanistan

Geopolitics

The fate of Afghanistan, like many other political issues, is fundamentally rooted in history. In...

Iran

Iran Can Resolve its Gas Disputes Through Active Energy Diplomacy

Energy & Environment

Exporting natural gas to its neighboring countries has been a top priority for Iranin recent...

GCC

China is Quietly Mending the Turkish-GCC Split

Geopolitics

The recent climate of detente between Turkey and the Gulf appears to have had an...

Iraq

Ugly Realities of Iraqi Democracy: Interference, Voting Irregularities, and...

As Iraq wrapped up its 5th parliamentary election since the 2003 invasion, certain mainstays of...

GCC

Prospects for Saudi-Turkey Rapprochement

Geopolitics

On September 23, Turkey congratulated Saudi Arabia on the 91st anniversary of Saudi National Day....

Qatar

A Step Toward Democracy in Qatar

Politics & Governance

Last Saturday, thousands of Qataris went to the ballot boxes to choose their representatives on...

Iraq

Iran’s Proxies and Iraq’s Parliamentary Elections: Ideological Rhetoric...

Politics & Governance

Lacking demonstrable political or economic achievements, Iranian proxies in Iraq—both the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF)...

Iran

To Engage or Not to Engage? Iran and the “New” Taliban

Geopolitics

Given the fundamental ideological differences between the ruling political system of Iran, based on Twelver...

GCC

The Red Sea Meeting and Emerging Efforts for Gulf Reconciliation

Geopolitics

On September 17, Bader al-Asaker, who heads the office of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin...

GCC

The GCC Must Navigate the End of Rentierism

Politics & Governance

The formation of the Fatimid Caliphate in Cairo is an interesting case for studying the...

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