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Can Green Transition Help EU Build Better Relations With the Gulf?

As the EU tries to overcome its strategic confusion, the transition to a greener economy could provide opportunities for EU-GCC relations.

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Event Report – Petro Diplomacy: Gulf Countries in a Net-Zero World

AGSIW's seventh annual Petro Diplomacy conference examined the energy transition and ways in which the Gulf petrostates are positioning themselves for a net-zero environment.

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Under the Volcano: Geothermal is Key to Saudi Arabia’s Energy Future

Saudi Arabia’s commitments to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060 and the new Saudi Green Initiative will drive more investments toward renewables and increasingly greater incorporation of geothermal energy.

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Gulf Countries Gear Up for a Net-Zero World

Energy transitions are by their nature disruptive, but the pandemic has introduced a risk factor that might play out for years to come.

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UAE Recasts “Cities of Salt” to Win Venice Biennale Architectural Award

The UAE’s participation in the biennale, and being recognized as a leading architectural force, is an important step toward engaging with sociopolitical issues and toward considering the extent to which the built environment can contribute to an equitable and sustainable future.

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Paradise Lost: An Environmental Tragedy in Iran

Iran’s Khuzestan province has experienced an unprecedented water shortage; yet climate change alone cannot explain how an area endowed with such exceptional natural resources could fail its people so catastrophically.

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Iraq’s Water Crisis: An Existential But Unheeded Threat

Iraq’s new government will have its work cut out for it in addressing the water crisis. But time will not be on its side.

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Is the Sky the Limit to the China-Gulf Partnership?

China’s engagement in the Gulf could help Gulf states meet economic diversification goals, yet it could also exacerbate existing security challenges.

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Event Report – UAE Security Forum 2020: Resilient Economies, Resilient Societies

This report is based on the presentations and discussions during the UAE Security Forum 2020, “Resilient Economies, Resilient Societies,” held December 15-17, 2020 virtually.

Pressure Builds on Gulf Countries To Take Climate Action

In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic dealt a significant blow to global climate diplomacy, but the strengthening of a number of trends might signal more momentous changes to come.

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