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Qatar’s Shura Council Elections: Incrementally Strengthening Local Politics

The new Shura Council is neither a democratic wand changing Qatar’s political culture nor a pointless exercise. Instead, it is a small evolutionary step in the state’s governance in a more democratic direction.

What to Expect From Qatar's First Legislative Elections

On September 30, AGSIW hosted a discussion ahead of Qatar's first legislative elections.

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Another Morocco-Algeria Rupture Jeopardizes Gulf Outreach, Regional Connectivity 

Gulf actors will be paying close attention to the dispute to make sure it does not transition to more direct conflict that could further jeopardize regional stability and strategic Europe-Mediterranean-Africa market linkages.

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Electoral Law Sparks Debate Over Qatari Citizenship and Political Rights

While Qatar’s electoral rules may produce a more malleable legislative body, they pose the risk of upending the national unity forged over the course of Qatar’s dispute with its neighboring states.

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Tunisia’s Political Crisis Reverberates Across the Region

Though Gulf states have different strategic interests and espouse contrasting ideas on how to achieve their goals, their official responses to the events in Tunisia suggest a preference for stability and security.

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Qatar and Gaza’s Electricity: Mediation, Aid, and Expertise 

As the largest liquefied natural gas exporter in the world and one of the few countries able to work and negotiate with various parties in Israel and Gaza, Qatar is uniquely positioned to work within Gaza’s energy sector.

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Qatar Petroleum Comes of Age as it Assumes Sole LNG Ownership

After more than 25 years of working alongside international oil company giants, Qatar Petroleum has the technical capability and expertise to manage its own gas business. But it is unlikely to end all its partnerships.

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Qatar’s Regional Relations and Foreign Policy After Al Ula

The agreement ending the rift with Qatar seems to have helped mitigate some regional tensions, but will the spirit of cooperation continue?

Developments in Qatar and Kuwait

On April 6, AGSIW hosted a dial-in briefing on recent developments in Qatar and Kuwait.

Russia’s Expanding Cooperation with Gulf Arab Countries on Syria

Russia hopes that engaging Gulf Arab countries could encourage their investments in Syria’s reconstruction process and facilitate Syria’s return to the Arab League.

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Through its careful examination of the forces shaping the evolution of Gulf societies and the new generation of emerging leaders, AGSIW facilitates a richer understanding of the role the countries in this key geostrategic region can be expected to play in the 21st century.

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