Politics and Governance
Oman's Protesters Seek Jobs and Reform
Rafiah Al Talei
Jun 11, 2021
ECONOMY
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POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE
Blog Post
Kadhimi Triumphs Over the Militias, At Least for Now
Geneive Abdo Jun 1, 2021
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s arrest and detention of a powerful militia commander signals significant changes in Iraq as the country prepares for parliamentary elections.
SECURITY
Blog Post
The Gulf Cooperation Council at 40: Finally Ripe for a Regional Security System?
Emma Soubrier May 27, 2021
The signing of the Al Ula agreement ending the GCC crisis may finally allow the Gulf countries to establish a regional security system, an endeavor that has been decades in the making.
POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE
Blog Post
Engineering Presidential Elections in Iran: Coronation of Raisi
Ali Alfoneh May 26, 2021
By narrowing the range of choice, Iran’s supreme leader and the Guardian Council effectively eliminate competition and reduce electoral participation, increasing the chances of their favorite candidate: Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi.
ENERGY
Blog Post
Qatar and Gaza’s Electricity: Mediation, Aid, and Expertise 
Sima Aldardari May 26, 2021
As the largest liquefied natural gas exporter in the world and one of the few countries able to work and negotiate with various parties in Israel and Gaza, Qatar is uniquely positioned to work within Gaza’s energy sector.
POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE
Blog Post
Abraham Accords Face Early Test
Kristin Smith Diwan May 24, 2021
Israeli expansionism in East Jerusalem and the attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque prompt sharp condemnation and popular support for Palestinians from Gulf signatories to the Abraham Accords.
SOCIETY
Publications
The Long Game in Iraq: Shia Clerics, Activists Find Common Cause To Confront the State
Geneive Abdo May 17, 2021
A new generation of Iraqis has formed an informal alliance with Iraqi clerics in a move that has the potential for a reimaging of the Iraqi state.
POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE
Blog Post
Hamas’ Intervention Lets Gulf Countries Off the Hook, But for How Long?
Hussein Ibish May 14, 2021
An Israeli-Hamas conflict is far more manageable than Al-Aqsa confrontations.
SECURITY
Blog Post
Saudi Arabia’s New Dialogue With Iran was Long in the Making
Hussein Ibish May 4, 2021
New talks reflect a broad range of regional and international developments in recent years.
SOCIETY
Blog Post
Saudi Ramadan Series Links Economic Development and Civic Duty
Eman Alhussein Apr 26, 2021
This year’s Ramadan initiatives, focused on a sense of community and contributions to development, demonstrate how the Saudi government increasingly relies on citizens to play a role in the ongoing transformation.
IN FOCUS
Apr 22, 2021
The UAE’s Message of Hope, Delivered With a Soft-Power Focus and Some Strategic Hedging
The UAE’s Hope Consortium and Hope Probe illustrate a growing shift from a focus on hard power to a broader consideration of human security and the incorporation of new technologies.
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