The Bridge

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Drones, AI, and Task Force 59: A Solution for the UAE Navy’s Lack of Manpower

Unmanned systems and artificial intelligence could help bridge the manpower gap in Gulf navies and provide new opportunities for the United States and its partners to maintain maritime security.

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The Yemeni Truce and the Long Road Ahead

Yemen’s fragile truce is being extended, but there is still a massive amount of work needed to bring the conflict to an end.

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Kuwait's Constitutional Stand

A sit-in by members of Kuwait's National Assembly was a relatively rare example of a successful targeted political protest to achieve limited political aims, but it is unlikely the good feelings of national unity will last.

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Bahrain Cabinet Reshuffle: Crown Prince and His Team Take Center Stage

Bahrainis, Omanis, and Kuwaitis use cabinet reshuffles for different ends: to signal efforts at regime consolidation, consolidation of a new leader’s control, or a royal maneuver to counter parliament.

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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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Gulf States Hedge Against Global Energy Transition, Now With Hydrogen

Gulf Arab states are well positioned to join global forces to accelerate the development of clean hydrogen, but first they will have to cautiously address institutional, technical, cultural, and market barriers.

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Military Relations and the U.S.-Saudi Alliance

The status of the NESA-SANDU project mirrors the present state of U.S.-Saudi relations: extensive but in a phase of uncertainty.

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Biden’s Trip Aims at Resurrecting U.S. Leadership in the Middle East

Having found success in reviving the Western alliance after the invasion of Ukraine, the Biden administration is seeking a stronger coalition in the Middle East.

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OPEC+ Producers Move to Ease Supply Crunch, But the Market Still Wants More

The alliance of producers is hastening the timetable to restore barrels of oil to the market in a deft diplomatic maneuver that has been welcomed by Washington and Moscow.

Iraq's Anti-Normalization Law Could Prove a Risky Political Stunt

Iraq’s criminalization of relations with Israel may be domestic political maneuvering, but it could come at a heavy cost for several constituencies.

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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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