Saudi Arabia's soft power initiatives may help the kingdom advance its economic interests in Iraq and help strengthen Iraq’s ties with a key Gulf Arab neighbor.
Riyadh’s approach to humanitarian assistance and charitable giving, evident in the Syria relief effort, reflects significant organizational changes in line with the kingdom’s broad transformation agenda.
GCC countries came to Egypt’s rescue, sending a firm message to its foreign creditors that the country has rich friends that are willing to pitch in in the hour of need.
Supply chain interruptions and rising food and fuel prices are hitting countries in the Middle East and Africa particularly hard, given the heavy reliance on Russian and Ukrainian staple food imports.
The global opening and new embrace of arts and entertainment are indicative of broader trends as the kingdom navigates its "post-oil" future.
Iraq’s final reparations payment to Kuwait may open the door to increased cooperation, but competing visions and shared security concerns will shape the future.
The EU and Oman share a complementarity of means and goals in the Gulf, and a recent aviation agreement is an important step in a trust- and relations-building process aimed at deepening ties.
As the EU tries to overcome its strategic confusion, the transition to a greener economy could provide opportunities for EU-GCC relations.
Gulf actors will be paying close attention to the dispute to make sure it does not transition to more direct conflict that could further jeopardize regional stability and strategic Europe-Mediterranean-Africa market linkages.
The Gaza war has demonstrated the strategic utility and resilience of the detente between Saudi Arabia and Iran. However, its longer-term sustainability may depend on unpredictable regional dynamics or other outside factors.Learn More
Through its careful examination of the forces shaping the evolution of Gulf societies and the new generation of emerging leaders, AGSIW facilitates a richer understanding of the role the countries in this key geostrategic region can be expected to play in the 21st century.Learn More