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How China Is Quietly Expanding Its Economic Influence in the Gulf

The coronavirus pandemic and oil price rout have provided China the opportunity to expand its dimensions of economic influence in the Gulf.

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The Aftershocks of Aleppo's Fall Continue to Shake the Region

From the establishment of the Turkey-Russia-Iran triumvirate to the ongoing Arab efforts to re-engage with Syria, everything can be traced back to the events of December 2016.

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Yemen: The View from Riyadh

Meetings in Riyadh with senior Yemeni and Saudi officials offered little hope that the war in Yemen is anywhere near its end.

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Washington and the hard calculations at play in the Qatar crisis

As the confrontation between the Arab coalition and Qatar nears the one-month mark, with Doha insisting it intends to reject the 13 demands placed before it, it’s becoming increasingly clear that if there is to be any kind of reconciliation it will be brokered by Washington.

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Gulf Rift Threatens Region’s Stability

The dispute between Qatar and its Arab neighbors has now entered its fourth week, causing an uptick in tension throughout the Middle East.

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A New Politics of GCC Economic Statecraft: The Case of UAE Aid and Financial Intervention in Egypt

The Arab Gulf States (AGS), or the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates), have historically used foreign aid and humanitarian aid as a quiet tool of their respective foreign policies within the wider Middle East.

Qatar Crisis: A Regional Schism That’s Been Years in the Making

The world seems startled by the seemingly sudden rift between key Arab states and Qatar.

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