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Saudi Arabia’s Economic Strategy: From Kitchen Sink to Virtuous Cycle?

The pace and scope of economic development initiatives and policies announced during the first five years of Saudi Vision 2030 have been dizzying, but any eventual progress is likely to be either broad and incremental or narrow and deep.

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Yemeni Soldiers and the Battle for Pay

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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Saudi Ramadan Series Links Economic Development and Civic Duty

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.

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Qatar Petroleum Comes of Age as it Assumes Sole LNG Ownership

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.

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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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The Great Fall: Putting Together Peace Talks for a Broken Yemen

With Yemen’s increasingly fractured political landscape, the longer the war continues, the harder it will be to resolve.

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Filling the Religious Void: Yoga and Self-Awareness in Saudi Arabia

The marginalization of religious figures in Saudi Arabia has prompted a rise of trends focusing on spirituality and meditation to promote self-awareness.

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The Biden Team Eyes the Conflict in Syria Warily

The Biden team must assess whether it has the leverage and sufficient regional support if it wants to continue with the status quo in Syria.

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Turkey’s Africa Policy: Success Story or Inflated Narrative?

Facing domestic and external pressure on multiple fronts, Turkey is in desperate need of success stories, especially in the foreign policy domain.

Japan’s Oil Diplomacy in the Gulf: Old Idea, New Approaches

Japan’s need for energy security has long driven relations with the Gulf states, but, under the banner of economic diplomacy, Gulf-Japan ties are diversifying.

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