Ali Bakir

Contributor

Ali Bakir is an assistant professor at Qatar University’s Ibn Khaldon Center for Humanities and Social Sciences. He is also a nonresident senior fellow with the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative at the Washington-based Atlantic Council. Bakir writes extensively on geopolitical and security developments in the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on Turkey’s foreign and defense policies, and Turkey-Gulf relations.

Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean: Where Do the Gulf States Fit In?

On September 29, AGSIW hosted a virtual panel discussion on Gulf interests and involvement in the eastern Mediterranean basin.

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Why the Saudi-Iranian Pact Is Withstanding the Gaza War

The Gaza war has demonstrated the strategic utility and resilience of the detente between Saudi Arabia and Iran. However, its longer-term sustainability may depend on unpredictable regional dynamics or other outside factors.

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With Iran’s Drones, Russia Looks to Extend War and Costs to Ukraine – and the West

While the strategic value of Iran’s drones seems limited thus far, Moscow seems to view them as an inexpensive – and punitive – way to maintain leverage in the conflict.

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Mohammed bin Salman Visiting Turkey: A Litmus Test for Reconciliation

The Saudi crown prince’s trip to Ankara may resolve questions about the seriousness of reconciliation efforts between Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

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Cementing the Emerging UAE-Turkey Relationship: The Iran Factor

The security dimension of the recent agreements between Turkey and the UAE shows an acknowledgment of the emerging shared threat perception stemming from the proliferation of pro-Iranian militias in the region.