Gulf Foreign Relations

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Mohammed bin Salman Visiting Turkey: A Litmus Test for Reconciliation

The Saudi crown prince’s trip to Ankara may resolve questions about the seriousness of reconciliation efforts between Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

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Biden’s Trip Aims at Resurrecting U.S. Leadership in the Middle East

Having found success in reviving the Western alliance after the invasion of Ukraine, the Biden administration is seeking a stronger coalition in the Middle East.

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Bread Riots in Iran, Intransigence in Vienna

Are domestic protests over economic conditions likely to increase Iran’s willingness to come to a final agreement with the United States to restore the JCPOA?

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Mr. Erdogan Goes to Jeddah, With Brotherly, Neo-Ottoman Hat in Hand

The visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Saudi Arabia underscores the continuing broader realignment among regional rivals.

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The Impact of the Ukraine War on Missile Diplomacy in the Middle East

Russian equivocation, U.S. distraction, and Gulf Arab states’ reliance on deterrence and defense will likely undermine prospects for addressing regional missile proliferation through diplomacy.

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Implementing the China-Iran Comprehensive Strategic Partnership: Not So Fast

While long on aspiration and flourish, implementation of the comprehensive strategic partnership has seemed short on substance, highlighting China’s long-held strategy of viewing Tehran as an expendable piece in its chess match with Washington.

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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 U.S., the Gulf, and Yemen: A Season of Frustration

Seven years since their intervention in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE remain mired in a disaster, and they’ll need U.S. assistance to end the war.

World Defense Show Reflects Saudi Arabia’s Critical Juncture

This first World Defense Show in Riyadh captured a moment in time when the kingdom’s economy, its international relations, and particularly its strategic relationship with the United States all seem to be at a turning point.

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