Politics and Governance

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Neither Bread nor Freedom in Iran

Protests are likely to continue flaring up in Iran as a function of the regime’s attempt at modernizing the country while denying personal and political freedoms to the children of modernization.

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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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The Egypt-Iraq-Jordan Alliance: Independent Actor or Extension of GCC Regional Influence?

Various economic, security, and political interests are driving the tripartite alliance, and it is likely to boost each country’s regional role over the long term.

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Macron’s Midsummer Rendezvous: France-Gulf Ties Take Center Stage

For the French president, hosting the two Gulf leaders in July may have been a calculated risk amid a more forgiving domestic and regional political context.

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Empowered by His Missteps, Shia Rivals Force Sadr to Back Down – For Now

Rivals’ use of force to counter Muqtada al-Sadr’s escalation in the Green Zone forces him to end demonstrations in Parliament, but Iraq’s political impasse continues.

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Why Turkey’s Elections Matter for the Gulf

After a year of reconciliation efforts between Ankara and Gulf capitals, looming elections threaten to cast a shadow on those recently restored relationships.

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Shabwa and Cracks in the Foundation of Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council

Recent fighting in Shabwa highlights lack of unity of Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council, threatening its ability to present a common front against the Houthis.

Kuwait’s New Doctrine

Kuwait’s “new doctrine” has the potential to usher in a new era. It can either lead to radical change for the better, further decay, or entrenchment of the deadlocked status quo.

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