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May 23, 2022
 Flags promoting World Cup soccer wave on lamp posts in the West Bay area in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, March 30. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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Improved Fiscal Outlooks Renew Focus on Gulf Economic Diversification Efforts
  Robert Mogielnicki

The financial windfall from oil and gas exports may boost regional officials’ ambitious economic diversification plans but doesn’t make them foolproof.
Internal Squabbles, Legal Challenges, and Muddled Policy Impede Kurdish Gas Exports
  Kate Dourian

Europe is desperately seeking alternatives to Russian gas, but the Kurdistan Regional Government has some way to go before it can produce excess gas for exportation.
Saudi-Iranian Negotiations: Managing the Conflict and Gauging Broader Regional Impact
  Massaab Al-Aloosy

Moves to ease tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are already creating ripple effects across the region.
MbZ’s Vision for the UAE in the Region and Beyond
  Kristin Smith Diwan via ISPI

UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan has already stamped his feature on politics, both inside the United Arab Emirates and in the region. His ascension will only confirm his control over Emirati policy direction and deployment of its many tools – diplomatic, military, financial – to expand Emirati influence.
In the Media
  • Reuters: Kristin Smith Diwan commented on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and dynamics within Saudi Arabia's ruling family.
  • CNBC: Hussein Ibish discussed Turkey's perspective toward Sweden's and Finland's bids to join NATO.
  • Middle East Eye: Diwan commented on the U.S. delegation visit to the United Arab Emirates led by Vice President Kamala Harris.
  • The Hill: Ibish discussed the U.S. delegation to the UAE and the state of U.S.-UAE relations.
  • Arabian Gulf Business Insight: Robert Mogielnicki commented on what a potential Iran nuclear deal revival would mean for Iran's economy.
  • National Defense University Near East South Asia Center: Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman gave a lecture to a group from the Qatar Staff College on the role of diplomacy in national security.
  • International Republican Institute: Kristin Smith Diwan and Robert Mogielnicki participated in the roundtable discussion "The Arabian Peninsula: Confronting National Challenges in a Time of Global Upheaval" in Dubai. Diwan discussed "Kuwait Exceptionalism: A System with Unique Opportunities and Challenges" and Mogielnicki presented the lecture "Oman, New Sultanate: New World Order."
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