Gulf Politics

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Arab-Israeli Tragedy, Quds Force Chief’s Victory

As long as the nature or degree of Iran’s involvement in the conflict between Israel and Hamas is disputed, Tehran will continue to reap rewards.

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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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Iraq Deepens Ties With GCC Neighbors

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed al-Sudani’s predecessors laid the groundwork for strong economic ties with the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and he now appears poised to take relations to the next level.

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Iranian-Saudi Deal Highlights Khamenei’s Control Over Tehran’s Foreign Policy

The role of Admiral Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, in the Iranian-Saudi talks is a strong indication of the supreme leader’s direct influence over Iran’s foreign policy decision making.

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Saudi Arabia’s Big Bet in Yemen

Saudi Arabia is looking for an exit from Yemen. While a Saudi withdrawal is unlikely to end Yemen’s civil war, the Saudis are likely to proceed if Iran can keep the Houthis onside.

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Why Don’t Gulf States Get With the Program on Ukraine and Syria?

Policy differences with the United States over Ukraine and Syria will continue as Gulf states’ strategic diversification and growing confidence in regional preeminence create a new Gulf norm for significant policy divergence, balanced by calculated security convergence.

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Is Oman the “Switzerland of the Middle East”?

The concept of neutrality is often stretched, but using the term to describe Oman’s foreign policy risks losing track of Oman’s peculiarities, interests, and objectives.

Militarized: National Security Decision Making in Iran

Former Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s new book highlights the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' dominance in national security decision making.

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