Politics and Governance

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AI, Advanced Technology the Focus of Tahnoun Visit

UAE National Security Advisor Tahnoun bin Zayed al-Nahyan’s recent visit to the United States underscores nascent U.S. success in persuading the UAE of the benefits of partnership and access to advanced technology and the risks of sticking with legacy Chinese tech partnerships.

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Presidential Elections in Iran: Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Guardian Council has again presented the Iranian public with presidential candidates who lack a political program, a social base, and the ability to mobilize voters.

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Turkey-Kuwait Ties Grow Amid Regional Balancing

Cooperation agreements between Turkey and Kuwait aim to capitalize on opportunities to bolster economic, diplomatic, and defense relations, however Ankara will have to navigate carefully as it seeks to balance ties in the Gulf.

A Conversation With Steven A. Cook

On June 14, AGSIW hosted a discussion on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

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Chinese Firms Snag Iraqi Oil and Gas Blocks

Chinese investors are less risk averse than their Western counterparts, hence their strong showing in the latest upstream opportunities offered by Baghdad.

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Privatizing the Gulf Utility Sector

Gulf governments are looking to privatize their energy-intensive utility sectors, aiming to make public utilities more environmentally and financially sustainable.

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Crash of Ayatollah Khamenei's Succession Plans

Regardless of who becomes Iran’s next president or who succeeds Khamenei as head of state, there is little prospect for significant change in Iran's foreign and security policy.

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Saudi Arabia Has a Red Sea Vision, Not Yet a Strategy

Saudi Arabia has looked to the Red Sea through the lens of economic investment and infrastructure, but an economy-center focus is insufficient to address the various factors causing instability in the region.

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Houthis?

Tackling Yemen’s root problems won’t be easy, quick, or cheap, which is why no one has really tried.

Esports: Gulf States Capitalize on Youth and Tech

Gulf countries see esports as not only a viable investment but also a way to diversify their economies and engage their large youth populations.

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