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Iraq Secures Largest Foreign Investment in Two Decades With TotalEnergies Deal

The TotalEnergies deal with Iraq includes clean energy aspects that are a step in the right direction for the country to develop a more sustainable economy, but the focus is still on oil and gas.

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Another Morocco-Algeria Rupture Jeopardizes Gulf Outreach, Regional Connectivity 

Gulf actors will be paying close attention to the dispute to make sure it does not transition to more direct conflict that could further jeopardize regional stability and strategic Europe-Mediterranean-Africa market linkages.

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With Taliban Takeover, Gulf States Maneuver in Afghanistan

The reemergence of the Taliban is being treated cautiously in the broader Middle East. But the U.S. withdrawal may leave a unique political space for more engagement from the Gulf Arab states.

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Tremors from the 9/11 “Earthquake” Continue to Shape the Gulf and Relations With U.S.

The 9/11 attacks reshaped Gulf Arab perceptions of terrorism and Islamism, of each other, and of strategic relations with Tehran and Washington.

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Eyes on U.S., Regional Concerns, UAE and Turkey Improve Ties

There has been a dramatic uptick in movement from the UAE and Turkey toward restoring ties, but does the recent attempt at rapprochement have greater staying power than previous outreach efforts?

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AGSIW Welcomes New Non-Resident Fellows

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that Emma Soubrier and Paul Sullivan have joined the institute as non-resident fellows.

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Saudi-Russian Military Cooperation: Signaling or Strategy?

Saudi Arabia is positioning itself to build greater interdependence with Russia. If this is a serious strategy, it poses real risks for Saudi Arabia’s defense relationship with the United States.

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The Debate Over the U.S. Military Role in the Gulf

Maximalist proposals calling for near-total withdrawal or expanding the U.S. military footprint are unrealistic. The task is to find effective ways of doing as much, or more, with less.

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Abraham Accords: National Interests Enhance Prospects, One Year In

Conversations on the first anniversary with analysts and former senior U.S. diplomats point to the durability, usefulness, and limits of the Abraham Accords.

Iraq’s Water Crisis: An Existential But Unheeded Threat

Iraq’s new government will have its work cut out for it in addressing the water crisis. But time will not be on its side.

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