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From the Mountains, Into the Palace: The Houthis Won the War but Might Lose What Comes Next

The Houthis will be more vulnerable after the full withdrawal of Saudi and Emirati forces than they have been at any time during the war.

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Event Report – Petro Diplomacy: Gulf Countries on the Front Line of Energy Security

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington's eighth annual Petro Diplomacy conference examined the upheaval in the oil and gas markets following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the role of Gulf Arab oil producing states in meeting the sudden demand surge.

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Gulf Countries on the Front Line of Energy Security

The conflict in Ukraine has brought about a change in the psychology and geography of the oil and gas markets, and the ramifications will be felt across the energy complex for years.

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Kurdistan’s Gas Exports: Reality or Mirage?

There are a host of serious internal political conflicts as well as legal, financial, and geopolitical hurdles to increasing Kurdish gas exports, prompting questions regarding whether such aspirations are realistic.

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After Sistani: Is There a Successor to Continue His Legacy?

Since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has played a key role in Iraq’s religious and political spheres, particularly as a staunch opponent of vilayet e-faqih.

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Saudi Arabia’s Nation-Branding Strategy

As part of a nation-branding strategy, Saudi leaders aim to foster the kingdom’s cultural resources to improve its image abroad as a means to attract investment and align interests.

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Event Report – UAE Security Forum 2021: U.S.-Gulf Relations in a Changing Region

This report is based on the presentations and discussions during the UAE Security Forum 2021, “U.S.-Gulf Relations in a Changing Region,” held December 7-9, 2021 virtually.

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Arab Shia Communities in Transition: A Peacemaking Opportunity for the International Community?

This report is based on the discussions held during a workshop co-hosted with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung on Shia communities in Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.

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VAT Hike in Bahrain Points to Fiscal Challenges, Unattractive Choices Government Faced

Even though an increase in the VAT seems the most viable option, higher levels of public buy-in could be secured through greater transparency in fiscal policy.

Event Report – Petro Diplomacy: Gulf Countries in a Net-Zero World

AGSIW's seventh annual Petro Diplomacy conference examined the energy transition and ways in which the Gulf petrostates are positioning themselves for a net-zero environment.

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