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Esports: Gulf States Capitalize on Youth and Tech

Gulf countries see esports as not only a viable investment but also a way to diversify their economies and engage their large youth populations.

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With New Crown Prince Kuwait Bucks Gulf Succession Trends

The emir’s naming of Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah – a noncontroversial politician and an experienced diplomat – as crown prince may help traverse Kuwait’s fissures, but there is still a long road ahead.

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AI, Advanced Technology the Focus of Tahnoun Visit

UAE National Security Advisor Tahnoun bin Zayed al-Nahyan’s recent visit to the United States underscores nascent U.S. success in persuading the UAE of the benefits of partnership and access to advanced technology and the risks of sticking with legacy Chinese tech partnerships.

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Presidential Elections in Iran: Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Guardian Council has again presented the Iranian public with presidential candidates who lack a political program, a social base, and the ability to mobilize voters.

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IEA: Global Investment in Clean Energy Set to Reach Record $2 Trillion in 2024

Despite some large solar projects underway in the Gulf Arab states, mainly Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the Middle East does not account for a significant share of total investments in clean energy.

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“If You Build It, They Will Come”: Prospects for Foreign Direct Investment in Saudi Arabia

Foreign direct investment flows into Saudi Arabia look set to pick up, but they are still likely to fall short of Vision 2030’s ambitious targets.

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Urban Imaginaries and Lived Realities in “The Idealised City”

Italian artist Filippo Minelli challenges notions of authenticity in a globalized world, taking Dubai as his subject.

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Chinese Firms Snag Iraqi Oil and Gas Blocks

Chinese investors are less risk averse than their Western counterparts, hence their strong showing in the latest upstream opportunities offered by Baghdad.

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Privatizing the Gulf Utility Sector

Gulf governments are looking to privatize their energy-intensive utility sectors, aiming to make public utilities more environmentally and financially sustainable.

The Houthis Escalate and Expand the War

How should the United States respond to an escalation in Houthi attacks when its current approach isn’t working?

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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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