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A New U.S. Weapons Exports Policy: Transformed or Simply Revamped?

A new Conventional Arms Transfer policy based on human rights could have a major impact on the global arms trade and U.S.-Gulf relations, but questions remain as to whether recent announcements will lead to concrete policy shifts.

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Paradise Lost: An Environmental Tragedy in Iran

Iran’s Khuzestan province has experienced an unprecedented water shortage; yet climate change alone cannot explain how an area endowed with such exceptional natural resources could fail its people so catastrophically.

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Yemen: Regional Dynamics May Help New U.N. Envoy in Negotiations

With the peace process stalled, Hans Grundberg will need to revise the framework for ending the conflict in Yemen, but his main challenge lies in bringing the local actors to the political discussion.

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Abraham Accords: Israel Assesses Successes, Shortcomings in Expanding Gulf Relations

Despite gains in bilateral relations and economic ties, one year after the signing of the Abraham Accords, there is an understanding in Israel that the agreements have not yet changed the “rules of the game” on a strategic level in the region.

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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?

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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