Policy Focus

GCC

Gulf States’ Economies Stuck Between Global Pandemic and Oil Price War

Economy & Innovation

For the Gulf region, the last four weeks could not be more economically costly. Gulf...

GCC

Peace in Afghanistan: What is the Expected Role of the Gulf States?

Defense & Security

While efforts to end the longest-running war in American history have primarily focused on actors...

GCC

Coronavirus Infects More than Health in the Gulf: Implications for Oil Markets

Economy & Innovation

While it may initially have been covered as a Chinese outbreak, the implications of the...

Iran

Iran’s Election Gatekeepers Keep Democracy Futile

Politics & Governance

Now that the maelstrom following the killing of General Qasem Soleimani appears to have subsided,...

Iraq

Prime Minister Mohammed Tawfik Allawi: Compromise or Status Quo?

Politics & Governance

When Iraqi protestors took to the streets in the closing months of 2019, they made...

GCC

Media Escalation Complicates GCC Crisis Mediation Efforts

Politics & Governance

In spite of months of intensified efforts to deescalate tensions among the Gulf Cooperation Council...

Kuwait

The Changing Same in Kuwait: New Cabinet, Persistent Challenges

Politics & Governance

As a result of internal disputes between cabinet members and the intense questioning of ministers...

Iraq

Between a Divided Parliament and Determined Protestors...

Politics & Governance

Two weeks after the Iraqi Parliament accepted the resignation of Prime Minister (PM) Adil Abdulmehdi,...

National Defense Authorization Act 2020 and the Gulf

U.S. – Gulf Policy

After months of negotiations, the House and Senate committees responsible for drafting the National Defense...

Qatar

GCC Reconciliation: Restoration or Reconfiguration?

Conflict Resolution & Peace Building

For the first time since the Gulf crisis began on June 5th, 2017, strong indicators...

Iraq

Abdulmehdi’s Resignation: Scratching the Surface of Reform

Politics & Governance

After two months of protests that have resulted in the deaths of roughly 400 protestors...

KSA

Saudi Aramco’s IPO: Challenges Facing the Kingdom’s Crown Jewel

Energy & Diversification

Long-awaited finite details of what will be the largest initial public offering (IPO) in history...