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By Violent Means: Iraq’s PMF Descent From Popularity to Corruption and Repression

Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces will obstruct any reforms in Iraq that jeopardize the status quo and the militias’ political influence and hold over the state’s coffers.

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Iran Has One Last Chance to Revive the 2015 Nuclear Deal

A new EU proposal, embraced by the United States, gives Iran a last chance, but Tehran seems fixated on using it to shut down the IAEA investigation.

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India’s Shift From Strategic Restraint to Strategic Recalibration in West Asia

As India aspires to be a great power and rule shaper in international politics, minilateral forums, like I2U2, provide India an opportunity to navigate international problems collectively and advance its economic interests.

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Pro-Sadr Protests Exacerbate Risky Political Impasse in Iraq

Iraq’s Parliament, where a sit-in of Sadr supporters continues, has become the epicenter of the intra-Shia power struggle, perpetuating the country’s political crisis.

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Iran’s Nuclear Option: Negotiation Tactics or Strategic Shift Encouraged by Russia?

Rather than attempts at empowering negotiators in Vienna, recent statements on Iran’s nuclear program may reflect changed calculations based on Russia’s green light to Iran opting for the nuclear bomb.

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Expats Central to Gulf’s Post-Pandemic, Oil-Fueled Growth Plans

Regional governments are balancing a desire to attract high net worth individuals and skilled expatriates against the need to ensure the economic welfare of their citizenry.

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An Oil-Spill Disaster is Looming in Yemen, and the World Can’t Afford to Wait

The FSO Safer is a ticking time bomb. The U.N. has a plan to address the issue of the decaying oil tanker, but it must be resolved now before it becomes an environmental tragedy.

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The European Union’s “Strategic Partnership With the Gulf”: Half-Speed Ahead

The EU’s Gulf strategic partnership strategy can best be read as a statement of intent and independence, establishing a new baseline for cooperation in the face of a series of major systemic and state challenges.

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The Art of the Possible in Yemen

If the United States wants to avoid a disaster scenario in Yemen, it should shift its focus from the failed attempt to resurrect a single Yemeni state to laying the groundwork for a divided Yemen.

Waiting on Hardship: Economic Jihad or Market Liberalization in Iran?

The Raisi government’s political rhetoric of submission to economic hardship fails to provide a tangible economic solution to tackle Iran’s economic crisis.

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