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Gulf Arab States Position Themselves to be Pivotal Players in the Indian Ocean

By investing politically and economically in the small states of the Indian Ocean, both on its African and Asian shores, Gulf Arab states are positioning themselves as pivotal actors in the region.

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Tehran’s Strategy: Heroic Flexibility, Strategic Patience, or Active Resistance?

Iran's political factions appear to have their own distinct perceptions of the Trump administration’s Iran policy and try hard to take advantage of that policy in their factional struggle for power.

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Oil on Troubled Waters in the Middle East after Tanker Attacks

The potential disappearance of some 1 million barrels per day of Iranian oil, the continued decline in Venezuela’s production, and other geopolitical disruptions make for a tight market that can ill afford any further losses.

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Saudi Arabia Takes Steps to Assure Foreign Investors

The economic components of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious transformation, in which local and foreign investments play a pivotal role, ultimately hinge on the government’s ability to improve the transparency of commercial processes.

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U.S. Secures Access to Oman’s Crowded Ports

Oman is situating itself for a strengthened position in the Gulf while maintaining its regional independence.

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Back to Zero: U.S. Scraps Iran Sanctions Waivers

The end to oil-import waivers comes just as OPEC and its allies were starting to enjoy the fruits of their oil production cut agreement, and the fallout from the policy to drive Iranian exports down to zero is already being felt in the volatile oil market.

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Russia's Strategic Balancing Act in Yemen

Russia’s policy of strategic nonalignment in Yemen can be explained by Moscow’s interests in the Gulf of Aden, soft power promotion aspirations in the Middle East, and desire to balance the conflicting interests of its regional partners.

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Kuwait’s Energy Industry Suffering from Ministerial Musical Chairs

Kuwait is struggling to increase oil production capacity. To put the country on a path toward a more sustainable energy future, Kuwait needs stability between its two branches of government and continuity in the energy sector.

Saudi Arabia’s New Security State Reflected in Treatment and Trial of Women Activists

The case of the detained women activists in Saudi Arabia illustrates shifting power dynamics in the kingdom as King Salman has centralized control in the hands of the crown prince, complicating an already fraught political environment for intellectuals and activists.

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