Gulf Foreign Relations

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EU and Oman: Small Steps Toward a Stronger Partnership?

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.

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The Beginning of the End for the Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen

UAE, Saudi, and affiliated local forces have begun withdrawing from locations across southern and western Yemen; while couched as “redeployments,” together the moves suggest the Saudi-led coalition is actively looking for an exit strategy.

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Can Green Transition Help EU Build Better Relations With the Gulf?

As the EU tries to overcome its strategic confusion, the transition to a greener economy could provide opportunities for EU-GCC relations.

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The Generals Take Back Power, Derailing Sudan’s Fragile Democratic Transition

Saudi Arabia and the UAE, because of their ties to key military leaders, will play a major role in what comes next in Sudan.

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Is India Abandoning Iran for a Middle Eastern Quad, or Merely Signaling China?

Although joining the quadrilateral talks risks upsetting relations with Tehran, New Delhi appears willing to take measured risks to counter what it perceives as its most potent and increasingly belligerent adversary, China.

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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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A New U.S. Weapons Exports Policy: Transformed or Simply Revamped?

A new Conventional Arms Transfer policy based on human rights could have a major impact on the global arms trade and U.S.-Gulf relations, but questions remain as to whether recent announcements will lead to concrete policy shifts.

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Another Morocco-Algeria Rupture Jeopardizes Gulf Outreach, Regional Connectivity 

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.

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With Taliban Takeover, Gulf States Maneuver in Afghanistan

The reemergence of the Taliban is being treated cautiously in the broader Middle East. But the U.S. withdrawal may leave a unique political space for more engagement from the Gulf Arab states.

Tremors from the 9/11 “Earthquake” Continue to Shape the Gulf and Relations With U.S.

The 9/11 attacks reshaped Gulf Arab perceptions of terrorism and Islamism, of each other, and of strategic relations with Tehran and Washington.

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