Gulf Politics

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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.

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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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Kuwaiti Foreign Policy Under Sabah al-Ahmed

With the current makeup of Kuwait’s political system, popular influence will continue to play a role in charting Kuwait’s foreign policy.

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Iran Reacts Angrily to the UAE-Israel Landmark Agreement

The Islamic Republic has yet to realize taking such a posture toward its Arab neighbors further encourages them to align with Iran’s adversaries.

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Why U.S.-Saudi Relations are Facing an Unprecedented Crisis

Although there are many reasons to believe the U.S.-Saudi partnership can endure, the need for both parties to repair trust has rarely been more urgent.

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Gulf Humanitarian Diplomacy in the Time of Coronavirus

The Gulf Arab countries’ foreign assistance during the coronavirus pandemic hints at a slight evolution in their respective foreign policies.

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Qaboos Successor Must Focus on Economic Prioritization

Oman’s political transition presents the new sultan and his government with a choice to maintain the status quo of economic policy or undertake a deeper, structural transformation of the energy-dependent economy.

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Kuwait Shakes Up Its Government amid Charges of Corruption

Kuwait’s government resigns amid charges of embezzlement, as both the Parliament and ruling family prepare for impending elections – and a looming succession.

Bahrain’s Royal Family Adjusts for the Future

The recent elevation of Bahrain’s young prince, Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa, to national security advisor is the latest indication of maneuvers to secure the future hierarchy of the monarchy.

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