The Ukraine Crisis and the Gulf

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has disrupted global energy markets and other aspects of Middle Eastern economies, with the long-term effects, particularly in the Gulf region, yet to be determined. AGSIW is closely following the implications of the Ukraine crisis on the Gulf Arab states and how Gulf governments are responding.

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The Ukraine Crisis Deepens Food Insecurity Across the Middle East and Africa

Supply chain interruptions and rising food and fuel prices are hitting countries in the Middle East and Africa particularly hard, given the heavy reliance on Russian and Ukrainian staple food imports.

Following Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, Can Gulf Countries Stabilize Energy Markets? 

On March 10, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining the impact of the Ukraine crisis on global oil and gas markets and the direct effects on the Gulf region.

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Consumers Hit Back at Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine as Oil Exports Diminish

The IEA’s release of over 60 million barrels of emergency oil stocks was the largest in IEA history. But there is increasing recognition of the need to coordinate such short-term measures with longer-term solutions.

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Oil and Gas Prices Surge in Highly Volatile Market as Russia is Isolated

Should more countries follow the EU’s lead and step up efforts to seek alternative supplies of oil and gas, Russia could find itself out in the cold, whether it wins or loses the war against Ukraine.

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Why U.S. Pressure was Needed to Get Israel and Gulf States to Condemn Russia

Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE sought to protect ties with Moscow and strategic diversification but underestimated the cost.

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What the Ukraine Crisis Means for Gulf Economies

While the Gulf Arab states may wish to avoid getting caught in the middle of a “Russia versus the West” conflict, the Ukraine crisis is already affecting the region’s tourism, food, energy, and other economic sectors.

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Security, Energy, and Identity Dominate Gulf Positions on Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine crystallizes existing Gulf policies and could form the backdrop to further regional polarization and instability.

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Russia’s Syria Intervention Paved the Way for Its Attack on Ukraine

Russia’s operations in Syria emboldened Putin and the Russian military to challenge the U.S.-led, rules-based international system that many countries, including in the Gulf, have benefited from.

Do Houthi Missile Attacks Outline the Limits of De-escalation in the Gulf Region?

On March 1, AGSIW hosted a discussion examining challenges and threats to regional de-escalation and rapprochement.

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