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The Quds Force After Suleimani

Under its new leadership, the Quds Force is no longer a popular mobilization force but commands a multinational Shia army and remains the dominant force within the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund Goes on a Spending Spree

A tense period in U.S.-Saudi relations has not dissuaded the kingdom’s Public Investment Fund from investing in major U.S. companies during an opportunistic spending spree.

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Ramadan Series Have Provoked an Internal Gulf Debate on Social Normalization With Israel

Public opposition to social and political normalization with Israel appears to be holding fast among most nationals, even as some governments allow more room for advocates of Gulf-Israel relations to make their case.

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Economic Contraction Across the Gulf Chokes the Flow of Remittances to South Asia

The coronavirus-induced slowdown in Gulf Arab states will further stress the already reeling economies of South Asia.

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Keep Your Enemies Closer: Iran and the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue

While the long-term objective of Tehran may well be to expel all great powers from the Middle East, in the short term, Iran benefits from the U.S. presence in Iraq.

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Young Emirati Women Take the Stage in an Experimental Theater Production

“Al Raheel,” a play written by a young Emirati woman, made its world premiere in January in Abu Dhabi. With its all-female Emirati cast, this poetic and innovative production shakes many assumptions about theater and what it means to be a young woman in today’s United Arab Emirates.

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Iraq’s Electricity Challenges Mount as Oil Revenue Slows to a Trickle

It will take time for the new Iraqi government to formulate its energy policies amid an unprecedented health and economic crisis. But the electricity sector is among the most in need of new investment and rehabilitation.

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Iran’s Missile Program Delivers Both Triumph and Tragedy

The Iranian friendly fire incident that killed 19 Iranian sailors on May 10 points to the inconsistencies of the regime’s leadership and makes one of its sources of pride into a liability.

Max Weber in Arabia: Saudi’s Character Enrichment Program

As the Saudi government manages the fallout from collapsing oil revenue, it will be seeking greater contributions from the Saudi public. A little-known program to instill the productive values of entrepreneurship, hard work, and optimism may have found its moment.

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