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Biden's G-7 Infrastructure Plan to Counter China

The recently announced U.S.-led G-7 infrastructure plan will need to play catch up if it is going to compete with China's more established Belt and Road Initiative.

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Saudi-Emirati Competition Lays Bare State-Led Pursuit of Economic Interests

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are pushing to advance their economic interests, but it does not necessarily have to be a zero-sum game.

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The Saudi-UAE Race for Hydrogen: A Play for the Renewables Narrative, Not Profits

Why are Saudi and Emirati policymakers committing billions of dollars to developing production capacity for a fuel for which there is almost no existing commercial demand?

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The Gulf’s New Sound: Indie Music and Global Change

There is a new talented class of musicians in the Gulf states. Their music is a clarion call for personal change along with sociocultural renewal from Jeddah to Manama and New Orleans.

The Future of OPEC+ and Saudi-UAE Relations 

On July 8, AGSIW hosted a private briefing on the developing OPEC+ dispute and the repercussions for the future of the alliance as well as Saudi-UAE relations.

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Gulf Engagement in Afghanistan’s Evolving Political Marketplace: Uneven Investment, Uncertain Prospects

Gulf countries have deep historical ties with Afghanistan. As the NATO mission comes to an end, they could have the influence to help stabilize Afghanistan and chart a course toward peace and reconciliation.

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The UAE and Saudi Arabia: The Partnership Endures Despite Oil Dispute

Long-standing but underappreciated differences between the UAE and Saudi Arabia are becoming more obvious, but their continuing shared interests remain decisive.

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Saudi Arabia Hedges Its Bets With Assertiveness and Diplomacy in Iran Policy

While Saudi leaders promote nascent rapprochement efforts with Iran on the official level, they are allowing an informal aggressive discourse, underpinning continued assertiveness toward Iran and suspicions about its motives.

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Saudi-Emirati Rift Over Oil Policy Scuttles OPEC+ Deal

An OPEC+ deal, which was close to being within reach, collapsed over a dispute between the two Gulf allies, jeopardizing the interests of all constituents and leaving consumers at the mercy of market volatility.

A U.S.-Iran Nuclear Accord is Still Probable, But Will Leave Much Unresolved

With its presidential election over, Iran may now want an agreement, but the biggest issues may remain untouchable.

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