Gulf Rising

AGSIW’s Gulf Rising series analyzes the energized role of the Gulf Arab states in the international system, looking beyond GCC relations with the United States to examine ties with other key countries and regions. Additionally, it investigates motivations behind Gulf Arab states’ foreign policy choices and evaluates the implications for U.S. foreign policy toward the GCC states and the region.

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Both Ends of the Spectrum: GCC-Maghreb Relations

The Gulf Arab states and the states of the Maghreb are part of one strategic space defined, broadly, by shared linguistic, cultural, religious, social, and historical characteristics.

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Turkey and the GCC: Cooperation Amid Diverging Interests

The GCC countries view Turkey as an indispensable Sunni ally and counterweight to Iran, but a difficult, and at times unreliable, partner.

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Egypt-GCC Partnership: Bedrock of Regional Security Despite Fissures

Egypt and the GCC countries have a complex, but indispensable, diplomatic, military, and political partnership in the contemporary world.

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The GCC View of Russia: Diminishing Expectations

Can the GCC states that are most anxious for a change in Russian policy toward Syria and Iran do anything to encourage such a shift?

Gulf Rising: GCC-East Asia Relations

Gulf Arab states already enjoy robust and well-established trade relations with East Asia, especially in the energy sector.

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Through its careful examination of the forces shaping the evolution of Gulf societies and the new generation of emerging leaders, AGSIW facilitates a richer understanding of the role the countries in this key geostrategic region can be expected to play in the 21st century.

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