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It Will Be a Political Miracle If There Isn’t a Major Uptick of Violence in Gaza

When an entire people and many of their political leaders conclude they have nothing left to lose, all hell can break loose.

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How to Analyze the Missile Attacks on Saudi Arabia

Yemen’s Houthis marked the third anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention in the war in Yemen by launching multiple missiles at the Saudi cities of Riyadh, Khamis Mushait, and Jizan.

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UAE Security Forum 2017: Defense Industry and Economic Diversification

On December 6, 2017, the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington partnered with Raytheon to host the second annual UAE Security Forum.

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Unlocking Growth: How the Gulf Security Sector Can Lead Economic Diversification

The vast reorganization of fiscal policy in the Gulf Arab states has upended decades of practice in cyclical government spending tied to oil revenue.

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Russia Sees New Saudi “Realism” on Display at Moscow Summit

At the recent summit between Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, the two leaders signed agreements that seem to herald a new era of Saudi-Russian cooperation.

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Saudis are about to Buy a Major Russian Missile System – Or are They?

The biggest deliverable arising from Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s visit to Russia is almost certainly Riyadh’s announced intention to purchase a range of Russian weapons systems, notably S-400 surface-to-air missiles.

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Guardians of the Arab State: When Militaries Intervene in Politics, from Iraq to Mauritania

Florence Gaub discusses how and why military organizations become involved in politics across the Middle East and North Africa in her latest book, "Guardians of the Arab State."

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The Coming Economic Disorder: The Political Perils of Economic Liberalization in the Gulf

Economic liberalization tends to bring with it social, if not always political, openings. By definition, liberalization challenges existing orders.

As Their Economies Contract, Gulf Countries Have Less Need For Migrant Laborers

Migrant labor has been an inherent part of economic development.

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