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Is This Time Different? The Gulf’s Early Economic Policy Response to the Crises of 2020

As Gulf Arab policymakers continue to confront an ambiguous future, they will rely heavily on familiar economic policy measures and avoid straying from the status quo as long as possible.

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Looming Peak Oil Demand Triggers Gulf Race for Natural Gas

The dash for gas will have ramifications for economic and energy models of the region’s petrostates for years to come as environmental pressures mount within the region and beyond.

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The Formative Moments That Shaped the Gulf Arab Militaries

The evolution of the Gulf Arab armies is best understood by highlighting some of their key formative moments and sociocultural foundations.

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Gulf Security in a Multipolar World: Power Competition, Diversified Cooperation

The international relations of the Gulf Arab countries increasingly have been characterized by a diversification of partnerships, including in a field that has historically been deemed the preserve of the United States and European allies: arms trade, and defense and security cooperation.

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Water Worries: The Future of Desalination in the UAE

With few available alternatives for accessing water resources, the UAE is continuing to expand existing desalination facilities and construct new desalination plants.

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UAE Security Forum 2019: Reshaping the Future of the Horn of Africa

This report is based on the presentations and discussions during the UAE Security Forum 2019, “Reshaping the Future of the Horn of Africa,” held on December 12, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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Turkey’s Resurgence as a Regional Power Confronts a Fractured GCC

This paper reviews how Turkish-Gulf Arab relations have developed in recent years, particularly following the end of the main civil war in Syria.

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards: Four Decades of Expanded Business and Military Influence

This paper explores how the IRGC has advanced its position in Iran and how it will be affected if the current economic pressure on Iran is sustained.

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Does Saudi Arabia Need OPEC?

This paper examines potential incentives for a Saudi withdrawal or restructuring of OPEC, which comes amid challenges to the cartel and suggestions of changes to its long-standing practices.

Petro Diplomacy: Challenges to the Energy Transition in the Gulf Countries

On October 2, AGSIW held its fifth annual Petro Diplomacy conference, exploring what measures the oil-producing states are adopting to manage the global transition to renewables and alternative energy sources and how this will impact demand for oil in the decades ahead.

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