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December 23, 2019
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani pose for a photo before their talks in Ankara, Turkey, Aug. 15, 2018. (Presidential Press Service via AP)
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Steven A. Cook and Hussein Ibish

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

Iran's supreme leader demanded the establishment of a "war room" to safeguard the regime against economic pressure from the United States. This left politicians and bureaucracies engaged in a blame game as the Islamic Republic faced mass protest.
Sara Bazoobandi

While recent demonstrations in Iran were prompted by widespread dissatisfaction over the rise of fuel prices, the root of the protests was in much deeper grievances.
Kate Dourian

The OPEC+ group has agreed on deeper production cuts, but the next few weeks and months will show whether they have done enough to balance the market.
Robert Mogielnicki

E-commerce development initiatives align closely with high-priority government agendas to build technology-focused, knowledge-driven economies. However, challenges related to payments, regulation, and delivery threaten e-commerce growth prospects across the region.
Aisha Al-Sarihi

All of the Gulf states have made progress in addressing climate change, but by the end of 2019, only the UAE and Oman had established national climate action plans.
Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

The Hezbollah-backed Hassan Diab is unlikely to satisfy protesters who want their political system transformed.
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