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Oman’s VAT Implementation Is Necessary and Not Enough

If Omanis aren’t ready to shoulder a 5% VAT, then they have a long, bumpy economic road ahead of them.

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U.S.-Saudi Relations: How To Work With, and Rein In, Mohammed bin Salman

Kristin Smith Diwan sat down with F. Gregory Gause III to discuss his March 30 piece for Foreign Affairs, “The United States Is the Last Check on MBS’s Power.”

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Slender Beijing-Tehran Agreement: More is Less, Despite Hype

China is not going to jeopardize relations with the United States or the Gulf Arab states for stronger ties with an Iran of marginal economic and political value.

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The United Arab Emirates and a South Asian Peace Process

Geopolitical developments and mounting domestic challenges for India and Pakistan coalesced to create the right timing for the UAE’s efforts to broker a peace agreement.

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Battlefield Realities Overshadow Some Core Yemeni Concerns in Peace Process

With multiple interests at play, peacemaking in Yemen is a complex problem that goes beyond one party's willingness to take action.

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South Korea-Gulf Collaboration: Special, Smart, and Strategic

South Korea has transformed from a source of manpower to the Gulf Arab states into an exporter of advanced technology and services at a time of rapid change in the Gulf region.

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Russia’s Expanding Cooperation with Gulf Arab Countries on Syria

Russia hopes that engaging Gulf Arab countries could encourage their investments in Syria’s reconstruction process and facilitate Syria’s return to the Arab League.

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Libya 10 Years After the NATO Intervention: U.N. Report Explains Challenges

The U.N. Panel of Experts report illustrates exactly how militarized Libya remains today as well as how unsuccessful the international community has been in combatting foreign interference.

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OPEC+ Oil Producers Hold Course as Demand Worries Persist

Saudi Arabia and Russia appear to be on the same page now, but OPEC+ will have to consider the impacts of its market management policies if it wants to avoid the pitfalls that have contributed to oil price volatility in the past.

Arar Border Opening: Saudi Arabia Steps Up Economic Competition in Iraq

Saudi Arabia must compete with other regional hegemons, mainly Turkey and Iran, as it works to increase its economic influence in Iraq.

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