Defense

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The Debate Over the U.S. Military Role in the Gulf

Maximalist proposals calling for near-total withdrawal or expanding the U.S. military footprint are unrealistic. The task is to find effective ways of doing as much, or more, with less.

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End of Combat Mission in Iraq: Brave New World or Just a Rebrand?

The announcement that the United States will conclude its combat role in Iraq by the end of 2021 appears to be no more than rebranding the U.S. troops’ current role in Iraq.

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Eye to the Horizon: The UAE’s Maritime Ambitions

The UAE is increasingly looking to the maritime domain as an area of regional and global cooperation but also as a vessel of continued power projection.

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Gulf Engagement in Afghanistan’s Evolving Political Marketplace: Uneven Investment, Uncertain Prospects

Gulf countries have deep historical ties with Afghanistan. As the NATO mission comes to an end, they could have the influence to help stabilize Afghanistan and chart a course toward peace and reconciliation.

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Libya 10 Years After the NATO Intervention: U.N. Report Explains Challenges

The U.N. Panel of Experts report illustrates exactly how militarized Libya remains today as well as how unsuccessful the international community has been in combatting foreign interference.

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IDEX 2021: The UAE Confirms Its Shifting Tide in Defense Procurement

Abu Dhabi’s arms show confirmed the importance of the defense industry for the UAE as a major customer and an emerging and credible player within the global arms trade.

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Prospects for Biden Administration Arms Sales to the Gulf: Revolution or Reversion to Norm?

Biden will likely put weapons sales to the Gulf on the back burner, but, at the end of the day, the administration’s positions on arms sales will reflect continuity, not change.

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What the F-35 Deal Says About U.S.-UAE Relations

The fast tracking of the F-35 sale to the UAE raises questions regarding the incentives motivating all actors involved in the deal.

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After the Embargo: Iran’s Weapons Agenda

The lifting of the arms embargo is not likely to result in an Iranian buying spree. But, the Islamic Republic’s arms exports in the post-embargo era may prove as significant as its potential procurements.

Nuclear Power in the Middle East: The Politics of Stakeholder Coalitions

The creation and management of domestic and external stakeholder coalitions is intrinsic to a sustained commitment to nuclear energy in the UAE.

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