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Tehran's Support for Sectarian Militias Grows Despite the Coronavirus and Economic Crisis

The Iranian government's network of foreign militia groups represents its primary regional power projection and national security tool.

Inherent Uncertainty: The Future of the U.S. Presence as Iraq Confronts Multiple Crises

On April 15, AGSIW hosts a virtual panel discussion analyzing the future of the U.S. military and diplomatic presence in Iraq.

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Ego-balization versus Eco-operation: Prioritizing Human Security in the Face of Global Crises

The coronavirus outbreak presents Gulf – and global – leaders with an opportunity to prioritize human security in their foreign policies.

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Saudi Arabia Races to Boost Output as it Takes on Russian and U.S. Oil

Saudi Arabia’s decision to proceed with plans to ramp up its oil production capacity despite collapsing demand during a global health crisis may seem rash. But is it?

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Gulf Youth and Civil Society Mobilize to Fight the Coronavirus

While most Gulf Arab countries have tackled the coronavirus pandemic through state-led initiatives, Kuwait and Bahrain engaged youth significantly through quasi-independent civil society organizations.

Low Oil Prices, Coronavirus, and the Future of Gulf Economies

On April 7, AGSIW hosted a virtual panel discussion examining the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak in the Gulf.

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The Coronavirus Redefines Responsibility in the Gulf

The coronavirus outbreak has redefined the responsibilities of citizens and the business community, impacting the already evolving rentier state structure and highlighting economic and religious challenges

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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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Oil Outlook, Coronavirus Challenge Gulf’s Economic Diversification

The region’s digital economy is poised to play a greater role in economic diversification strategies as crisis management measures give way to longer-term planning.

Gulf States’ Demographics Favorable to the Growth of the Sharing Economy

Gulf governments see the sharing economy as a source of jobs for young people and promising outlet for entrepreneurs.

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