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With Iran’s Drones, Russia Looks to Extend War and Costs to Ukraine – and the West

While the strategic value of Iran’s drones seems limited thus far, Moscow seems to view them as an inexpensive – and punitive – way to maintain leverage in the conflict.

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The Security Side of Qatar’s World Cup

Qatar is relying on a robust injection of security capabilities and training from partner countries to help it cope with the challenges and potential risks of hosting such a large international event and has worked to take advantage of this security response to drive its national security strategy.

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Turkey-Bahrain Relations Getting Back on Track, as Erdogan Set to Visit Manama

Two old regional partners forge ahead with renewed diplomatic, economic, and security ties, putting frictions related to Qatar boycott in the rearview mirror.

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Intergenerational Migrants in the Gulf: An Overlooked Labor Force Resource

New laws and policies allowing longer residency and more possibilities for upward mobility for intergenerational migrants and long-term residents could help Gulf governments address key labor market and productivity challenges.

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With Iraq’s Quota System, the New Government is More of the Same

The inefficiencies and corruption rife in Iraq’s ethno-sectarian quota system are substantial, but the country’s highly fragmented society has deeply entrenched the system in ways that make it difficult to reform. 

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Qatar’s World Cup Increases Gulf Cooperation Despite Recent Rift

Easing away from its embrace of controversial regional political positions, Qatar refreshes its regional and international branding with soft power tourism, sports, and labor reforms.

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New Government or Not, the Iraqi State is Still Struggling to Function

Bargaining over the resources of the government is set to remain just one expression of the struggle for authority in Iraq. Actual sovereignty is likely to continue to be a coercive negotiation backed by various substate militias’ force of arms and financial interests.

The Pope Goes to Bahrain

Pope Francis’ visit to Bahrain showcases the kingdom’s decadeslong effort to champion religious tolerance and interfaith dialogue while also providing critics with a high-profile occasion to question the sincerity of these government efforts and raise human rights concerns.

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