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?

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 Mark...

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...

GCC

Media Escalation Complicates GCC Crisis Mediation Efforts

Geopolitics

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?

Geopolitics

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 Policy

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

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