Defense

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Saudi Defense Sector Makes Strides in Air Power

Aerial threats and economic diversification plans have compelled Riyadh to expand domestic defense production and diversify its procurement sources.

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Bahrain Sets the Pace for Enhanced Gulf Security Cooperation With the United States

A recently signed security- and economy-focused pact marks the latest development in the United States’ close, long-standing partnership with Bahrain.

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Qatar Embarks on Major Naval Expansion

Qatar’s naval expansion will give it new amphibious, air defense, and anti-ship capabilities, but the country will face challenges to fully man its naval platforms exclusively with Qataris, given the country’s small population.

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Targeted Acquisitions, Major Commissions: The UAE's Dual Approach to the Naval Defense Sector

The UAE has sought to enhance its naval might and secure its fast-expanding networks of ports and logistics infrastructure to match its evolving strategic and commercial ambitions, in the Middle East and beyond.

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Looking to Moscow, Iran Steps Up Measures to Bolster Its Air Power

Drone exports and cooperation with Russia are part of a quid pro quo strategy that could provide a much-coveted boost to Iranian air defense and military hardware.

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A New Chapter for UAE Defense Procurement?

Strategic autonomy and technology transfers take center stage in a shifting UAE procurement policy.

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Drones, AI, and Task Force 59: A Solution for the UAE Navy’s Lack of Manpower

Unmanned systems and artificial intelligence could help bridge the manpower gap in Gulf navies and provide new opportunities for the United States and its partners to maintain maritime security.

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Unexplored Potential in Azerbaijan-Gulf Relations

Azerbaijan’s biggest trade partners in the region, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, have shared economic interests in establishing new trade links, but they also share common threat perceptions regarding Iran and radicalism.

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A New Era in German Defense and Foreign Policy: The Source of Broadening Relations in the Gulf?

Germany is upgrading its military, moving into a more assertive and central role in European and NATO defense. This, coupled with changes to its energy policy, could facilitate closer cooperation with select Gulf allies.

The Urgent Need for Transparency Reform in Gulf Central Banks

Gulf central banks can increase transparency by adopting credible reform agendas focused on the publication of accurate statistics, disclosure of analysis and forecasting methodology, and forward-looking explanations of policy decisions.

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