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The Son Also Rises: The One-Year Anniversary of Mohammed bin Zayed’s Presidency

Balancing family and state-federal dynamics while staying in line with regional tendencies on succession, Mohammed bin Zayed names his son Khaled crown prince.

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Leader of Iran’s Green Movement Calls for a New Constitution

Despite his legacy as a regime insider and reformist, Mir Hossein Mousavi’s voice could help shape the debate about forging a new political reality in Iran.

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With Eye on Stability, Saudis Shift Role in Afghanistan

With the new Taliban regime in Kabul, Saudi leaders are likely to remain cautious and keep a close eye on power dynamics. But they are likely to keep some channels of communication open with the Taliban to promote stability in the region.

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Iran’s 2022-23 Protests: Why Has the Regime Survived?

The answer to this question can, in part, be found in the institutionalized nature of the Islamic Republic as well as the regime’s externalization of the crisis, ruthlessness, and pragmatism.

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The Iraqi Judiciary: Undermined by Violent Intimidation, Corruption, and Politicization

The judiciary, reflecting the lack of security and pervasive corruption in all branches of the Iraqi government, has become a tool in the hands of criminal elements and political players, often cooperating with militia elements, intent on gaining greater power wealth rather than advancing the rule of law.

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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.

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Kuwait’s Parliamentary Elections and Individualism

Kuwait’s upcoming elections bring hopes for a new beginning for the executive and legislative branches of government. But that depends on the elections' outcome and the relationship forged with new government leadership.

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Pro-Sadr Protests Exacerbate Risky Political Impasse in Iraq

Iraq’s Parliament, where a sit-in of Sadr supporters continues, has become the epicenter of the intra-Shia power struggle, perpetuating the country’s political crisis.

Privatizing the Gulf Utility Sector

Gulf governments are looking to privatize their energy-intensive utility sectors, aiming to make public utilities more environmentally and financially sustainable.

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