Politics and Governance

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Saudi Ramadan Series Links Economic Development and Civic Duty

This year’s Ramadan initiatives, focused on a sense of community and contributions to development, demonstrate how the Saudi government increasingly relies on citizens to play a role in the ongoing transformation.

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The UAE’s Message of Hope, Delivered With a Soft-Power Focus and Some Strategic Hedging

The UAE’s Hope Consortium and Hope Probe illustrate a growing shift from a focus on hard power to a broader consideration of human security and the incorporation of new technologies.

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The Great Fall: Putting Together Peace Talks for a Broken Yemen

With Yemen’s increasingly fractured political landscape, the longer the war continues, the harder it will be to resolve.

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The Biden Team Eyes the Conflict in Syria Warily

The Biden team must assess whether it has the leverage and sufficient regional support if it wants to continue with the status quo in Syria.

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Turkey’s Africa Policy: Success Story or Inflated Narrative?

Facing domestic and external pressure on multiple fronts, Turkey is in desperate need of success stories, especially in the foreign policy domain.

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Japan’s Oil Diplomacy in the Gulf: Old Idea, New Approaches

Japan’s need for energy security has long driven relations with the Gulf states, but, under the banner of economic diplomacy, Gulf-Japan ties are diversifying.

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Qatar’s Regional Relations and Foreign Policy After Al Ula

The agreement ending the rift with Qatar seems to have helped mitigate some regional tensions, but will the spirit of cooperation continue?

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Israel-UAE Normalization: Poised for Economic Breakout

Given the complementarity of long-term economic interests between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and the ties already taking root, relations will likely continue to grow.

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All the Kings’ Sons

Recent leadership transitions in the Gulf monarchies are crystallizing a trend toward direct lineage and away from fraternal succession, consolidating decision making and centralizing state power.

Slender Beijing-Tehran Agreement: More is Less, Despite Hype

China is not going to jeopardize relations with the United States or the Gulf Arab states for stronger ties with an Iran of marginal economic and political value.

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