Politics and Governance

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Sadr’s Boycott Threat Puts Election Timeframe in Question

Muqtada al-Sadr’s announcement that he will boycott upcoming parliamentary elections has thrown the electoral process into disarray at a time when the future stability of Iraq depends on legitimate and transparent elections.

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Biden's G-7 Infrastructure Plan to Counter China

The recently announced U.S.-led G-7 infrastructure plan will need to play catch up if it is going to compete with China's more established Belt and Road Initiative.

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Gulf Engagement in Afghanistan’s Evolving Political Marketplace: Uneven Investment, Uncertain Prospects

Gulf countries have deep historical ties with Afghanistan. As the NATO mission comes to an end, they could have the influence to help stabilize Afghanistan and chart a course toward peace and reconciliation.

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The UAE and Saudi Arabia: The Partnership Endures Despite Oil Dispute

Long-standing but underappreciated differences between the UAE and Saudi Arabia are becoming more obvious, but their continuing shared interests remain decisive.

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Saudi Arabia Hedges Its Bets With Assertiveness and Diplomacy in Iran Policy

While Saudi leaders promote nascent rapprochement efforts with Iran on the official level, they are allowing an informal aggressive discourse, underpinning continued assertiveness toward Iran and suspicions about its motives.

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A Grand Bargain for Yemen

The next U.N. special envoy for Yemen will be uniquely positioned to spearhead a grand bargain that might be the international community’s last chance to reconstitute Yemen as a single state.

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Iranian Voters Use Turnout, Voided Ballots, and Social Media to Rain on Raisi’s Electoral Parade

The low participation and high number of protest votes in Iran’s presidential election demonstrate a lack of trust in the regime and a diminished hope among Iranians for making change through the ballot box.

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Low-Carbon Energy in Iran

Iran’s renewable energy potential is sizeable and underdeveloped, and it provides an opportunity for more fruitful international cooperation.

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Iran Gets a New President and a Supreme Leader in Waiting

Long rumored to be the favorite to succeed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Ebrahim Raisi will use the presidency as a steppingstone.

Libya’s Fragile Political Consensus Faces Daunting Challenges

Libya’s unity government is restoring ties with international partners and jumpstarting the country’s economy, but with a delicate political consensus will the interim government be able to deliver free and fair elections?

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