Policy Focus


GCC Reconciliation: Restoration or Reconfiguration?

Conflict Resolution & Peace Building

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


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...


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...


Yemen Crisis: Relevance of STC Poses New Questions for Congressional Action

Defense & Security

When the 116th Congress left Washington D.C. in observance of the August 2019 recess, the...


New Allies, Antagonists and...

Energy & Diversification

This month, OPEC and its allies (commonly referred to as OPEC+) agreed to extend a...


Between Sanctions & Survival: Iraqi Sovereignty amidst U.S.–Iranian Competition

Defense & Security

Iraq has recently made ample evidence of the careful balancing act it must pursue between...

Candidate(s) Briefing: The Gulf & the First Democratic Debates

U.S. – Gulf Policy

While conventional political wisdom dictates that foreign policy is one of the last considerations voters...


Two Years In and the Gulf Crisis Remains at a Standstill

Politics & Governance

As we reflect on the Gulf crisis’s fast-approaching second anniversary, it is indisputable that the...

Candidate Briefing: What a Joe Biden Presidency Could Mean for the Gulf

Following much speculation, former Vice President Joe Biden has impactfully jumped into the Presidential race.

Is Post Al-Bashir Sudan a New Arena for Gulf Rivalry?

Exactly eight years since Arab Spring protestors first forced the deposition of ...

Algeria’s Changing Status: A Complicated State for Gulf Influence

Eights years ago, the Arab Spring swept across the Middle East and North Africa...


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