Gulf Politics

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Iranian Claims Cloud Kuwaiti-Saudi Neutral Zone Deal

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia’s deal to develop the Dorra gas field could set up a confrontation between Iran and Kuwait – one of the GCC states with which Tehran has the most cordial relations.

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Misleading Elements in Current “Gulf”-Israel Discourse

Regardless of the temptations to simplify or exaggerate, the GCC states’ relations with Israel require a discourse that is befitting their complexities and nuances.

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The Ramadan Cease-Fire in Yemen

An agreement is likely still a long way off in Yemen, but at least some of the parties are starting to talk, listen, and, ever so slowly, compromise.

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The UAE’s Three Strategic Interests in Yemen

The length of the war and the associated costs have led the UAE to recalibrate its position in Yemen, but influence in southern Yemen remains a key part of its regional strategy.

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Turkey's Ties With Saudi Arabia and the UAE: Walking Back 10 Years of Tensions

The recent thaw in relations seems to be a positive step for these former regional adversaries toward deepening ties, but unresolved political conflicts may continue to fester.

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Baghdad's Deepening Reengagement With the Gulf: Hostage to Government Formation

Recent Iraqi governments have pushed for reintegration with the Arab world, but continuation of that trend depends on the next government.

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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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Saudi Arabia Champions “Moderate Islam,” Underpinning Reform Efforts

Moderate Islam can be seen as a comprehensive strategy to tackle the kingdom’s regional and domestic concerns while at the same time reshaping the religious and social scene in line with the leadership’s new sociopolitical objectives.

Qatar-Tunisia Ties Spur Competition with Gulf Arab Neighbors

As regional competition intensifies across the Middle East and North Africa, Tunisia is likely to become another strategic fault line.

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