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POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE
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.
POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE
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.
POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE
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.
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Security
SECURITY
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.
SECURITY
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.
SECURITY
Yemeni Soldiers and the Battle for Pay
Eleonora Ardemagni Apr 30, 2021
Lacking and intermittent payments to soldiers risk incentivizing local small wars that could persist regardless of whether a national conflict resolution deal is achieved.
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Economy
ECONOMY
Oman's Protesters Seek Jobs and Reform
Rafiah Al Talei Jun 11, 2021
While the high rate of unemployment among youth sparked recent protests in Oman, the problem now goes beyond creating job opportunities.
ECONOMY
Rising Crime and Insecurity in Iran
Sara Bazoobandi May 18, 2021
The Iranian government’s failure to devise policies to address the economic challenges facing Iranians has directly contributed to the rise of crime in Iran.
ECONOMY
The Centralization of Economic Policymaking in the Kingdom
Robert Mogielnicki May 3, 2021
Robert Mogielnicki discusses the centralization of economic policymaking and the consolidation of power amid the fast pace of new initiatives in the kingdom since the launch of Vision 2030.
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Energy
ENERGY
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.
ENERGY
Qatar Petroleum Comes of Age as it Assumes Sole LNG Ownership
Kate Dourian Apr 23, 2021
After more than 25 years of working alongside international oil company giants, Qatar Petroleum has the technical capability and expertise to manage its own gas business. But it is unlikely to end all its partnerships.
ENERGY
Everything at Once: Transformation of Abu Dhabi’s Oil Policy
Ben Cahill Apr 15, 2021
Abu Dhabi traditionally managed its oil and gas resources cautiously and conserved hydrocarbon wealth for future generations, but the energy transition is reshaping its strategy.
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Environment
ENVIRONMENT
Pressure Builds on Gulf Countries To Take Climate Action
Mari Luomi Jan 8, 2021
In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic dealt a significant blow to global climate diplomacy, but the strengthening of a number of trends might signal more momentous changes to come.
ENVIRONMENT
Oman’s Tradition of Environmental Protection Runs Into Economic Headwinds
Aisha Al-Sarihi Oct 27, 2020
The Omani government’s focus on protecting the natural environment and wildlife goes back decades, but a shift in authorities might jeopardize the country’s progress toward advancing its national climate strategy.
ENVIRONMENT
Gulf States’ Climate Change Policies Amid a Global Pandemic
Mari Luomi Sep 25, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic represents an opportunity to reevaluate existing policies and tools, and climate change provides the needed lens for redirecting development onto sustainable trajectories.
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Society
SOCIETY
Kuwait’s Ongoing Struggle Against Gender Violence
Nour al-Mukhled Jun 8, 2021
Grassroots activism demanding an end to gender-based violence in Kuwait has gained national traction and is encouraging more legislative action.
SOCIETY
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.
SOCIETY
Keep the Faith: Mohammed bin Salman’s Message to Saudis
Kristin Smith Diwan May 3, 2021
On April 27, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sat down for a television interview five years after the announcement of Vision 2030.
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Arts and Culture
ARTS AND CULTURE
Latifa Al Khalifa: A Local Curator Showcases Gulf Societies
Joud Al Marar Apr 11, 2021
From collecting wedding photos and exploring the evolution of khaleeji music to using humor to write about how people behave during the holy month of Ramadan, a Bahraini curator brings to light intriguing stories about Gulf societies.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Children’s Literature in the Gulf: Reviving the Art of Local Storytelling
Joud Al Marar Feb 22, 2021
Local authors contribute to the region’s art of storytelling and revive the heritage of traditional tales.
ARTS AND CULTURE
101: Stimulating the UAE’s Grassroots Art Scene
Joud Al Marar Dec 21, 2020
During the coronavirus lockdown, young Emiratis set up a platform to support emerging local artists and engage with a wider audience to inspire curiosity and raise awareness about the local art scene.
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