Gulf Rising: GCC-East Asia Relations

As Gulf Arab states claim a new regional leadership role, they are establishing ties with other centers of power, regionally and globally, diversifying relationships and reducing their dependence on the United States. The Gulf states are finding particularly appealing opportunities among the countries of East Asia, building ties on the political, economic, and military fronts. As part of the Gulf Rising series analyzing the energized role of the Gulf Arab states on the international stage, AGSIW explores Gulf-East Asia relations.

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China’s Gulf Investments Reveal Regional Strategy

A unique pattern of provincial or regional consortiums from China are deeply engaged in marquee Belt and Road Initiative projects that are shaping the future of China’s power in the Gulf.

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The Curious Case of China’s "Kuwaiti Concession"

The Kuwaiti emir’s visit to China generated intense debate, centered around a rumor about a deal to develop Kuwait’s northern islands, highlighting anxieties about the country’s future.

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Beyond Energy: The Future of China-GCC Economic Ties

With China’s strong and stable economy and large-scale domestic market, the GCC states are finding a promising opportunity in strengthening economic ties.

Erdogan Politically Wounded But Still Turkey’s Dominant Power

Opposition success in Turkey’s local elections is an unprecedented rebuke to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. While his constitutional power and dominance of the judiciary remain intact, Erdogan is probably in his final term and will find domestic and foreign initiatives somewhat more complicated.

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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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