Gulf Rising

AGSIW’s Gulf Rising series analyzes the energized role of the Gulf Arab states in the international system, looking beyond GCC relations with the United States to examine ties with other key countries and regions. Additionally, it investigates motivations behind Gulf Arab states’ foreign policy choices and evaluates the implications for U.S. foreign policy toward the GCC states and the region.

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Turkey and the GCC: Cooperation Amid Diverging Interests

The GCC countries view Turkey as an indispensable Sunni ally and counterweight to Iran, but a difficult, and at times unreliable, partner.

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Egypt-GCC Partnership: Bedrock of Regional Security Despite Fissures

Egypt and the GCC countries have a complex, but indispensable, diplomatic, military, and political partnership in the contemporary world.

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The GCC View of Russia: Diminishing Expectations

Can the GCC states that are most anxious for a change in Russian policy toward Syria and Iran do anything to encourage such a shift?

Iran’s Support of Iraqi Shia Militias Ensures Dependency and Loyalty

CENTCOM’s release of interrogation reports of Qais al-Khazali and a survey of combat fatalities shed new light on Iran’s relationship with Shia militias in Iraq.

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The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to providing expert research and analysis of the social, economic, and political dimensions of the Gulf Arab states and how they impact domestic and foreign policy.

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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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