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Eye to the Horizon: The UAE’s Maritime Ambitions
Emma Soubrier
Jul 28, 2021
SECURITY
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POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE
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Old and New Divisions Block Libya’s Path to Elections
Anna L. Jacobs Jul 23, 2021
Divisions among Libya’s political, security, and financial institutions remain a key obstacle to the political transition process, and foreign powers still stoke many of these divisions for their own strategic interests.
POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE
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Sadr’s Boycott Threat Puts Election Timeframe in Question
Geneive Abdo and Yaser Mekki Jul 21, 2021
Muqtada al-Sadr’s announcement that he will boycott upcoming parliamentary elections has thrown the electoral process into disarray at a time when the future stability of Iraq depends on legitimate and transparent elections.
POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE
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Biden's G-7 Infrastructure Plan to Counter China
Guy Burton and Roie Yellinek Jul 19, 2021
The recently announced U.S.-led G-7 infrastructure plan will need to play catch up if it is going to compete with China's more established Belt and Road Initiative.
ECONOMY
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Saudi-Emirati Competition Lays Bare State-Led Pursuit of Economic Interests
Robert Mogielnicki Jul 19, 2021
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are pushing to advance their economic interests, but it does not necessarily have to be a zero-sum game.
ENERGY
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The Saudi-UAE Race for Hydrogen: A Play for the Renewables Narrative, Not Profits
Marcus Chenevix Jul 14, 2021
Why are Saudi and Emirati policymakers committing billions of dollars to developing production capacity for a fuel for which there is almost no existing commercial demand?
ARTS AND CULTURE
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The Gulf’s New Sound: Indie Music and Global Change
Sean Foley Jul 12, 2021
There is a new talented class of musicians in the Gulf states. Their music is a clarion call for personal change along with sociocultural renewal from Jeddah to Manama and New Orleans.
SECURITY
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Gulf Engagement in Afghanistan’s Evolving Political Marketplace: Uneven Investment, Uncertain Prospects
Umer Karim Jul 9, 2021
Gulf countries have deep historical ties with Afghanistan. As the NATO mission comes to an end, they could have the influence to help stabilize Afghanistan and chart a course toward peace and reconciliation.
POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE
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The UAE and Saudi Arabia: The Partnership Endures Despite Oil Dispute
Hussein Ibish Jul 8, 2021
Long-standing but underappreciated differences between the UAE and Saudi Arabia are becoming more obvious, but their continuing shared interests remain decisive.
POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE
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Saudi Arabia Hedges Its Bets With Assertiveness and Diplomacy in Iran Policy
Eman Alhussein Jul 8, 2021
While Saudi leaders promote nascent rapprochement efforts with Iran on the official level, they are allowing an informal aggressive discourse, underpinning continued assertiveness toward Iran and suspicions about its motives.
IN FOCUS
Jul 7, 2021
Saudi-Emirati Rift Over Oil Policy Scuttles OPEC+ Deal
An OPEC+ deal, which was close to being within reach, collapsed over a dispute between the two Gulf allies, jeopardizing the interests of all constituents and leaving consumers at the mercy of market volatility.
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