Policy Focus

Iran

Snapping Back on Iran’s Ambitious Military Capabilities: The U.S. Push to Extend Sanctions

Defense & Security

A diplomatic defeat has arisen for the United States in Washington’s attempt to extend the...

Iraq

An Evolving Iraqi National Identity Emerges

Politics & Governance

Since Baghdad announced the defeat of ISIS three years ago, Iraqis have been forming a...

GCC

A Disaster in Beirut: What Will the Gulf Do?

Geopolitics

A disaster struck Lebanon, destroying half of the capital city of Beirut and creating an...

Iran

 A New Age of Cyber Conflict for Iran? Increasing Capabilities and Incentives

Defense & Security

Iran has been shaken by dozens of mysterious explosions and fires across the country over...

Iraq

To Assert Iraqi State Authority, New PM Challenges Iran Backed Militias

Politics & Governance

A few weeks after his appointment on May 7 as the Prime Minister of Iraq,...

GCC

Event Recap: A Twofold Blow to the Gulf: OPEC+ Implosion & A Global Pandemic

Economy & Innovation

On April 15th, Gulf International Forum (GIF) hosted an online panel titled “A Twofold Blow...

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?

Geopolitics

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

Energy Policy

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...

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