Politics and Governance

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Triangular Travails: Iran, the Gulf Arab States, and the United States

Iran and the Gulf Arab states may be sincere in their attempts to reduce regional tensions, but the nuclear crisis casts dark clouds over the region’s security dynamics.

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EU and Oman: Small Steps Toward a Stronger Partnership?

The EU and Oman share a complementarity of means and goals in the Gulf, and a recent aviation agreement is an important step in a trust- and relations-building process aimed at deepening ties.

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Old Playbook for New Kuwaiti Government Signals Further Stasis

An addictive recourse to the same political class and governance scheme suggests Kuwait’s new government, like its predecessors, will prove unable to effectively confront the country’s many challenges.

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Saudi Arabia’s Patriot Buys: The Political Aspects of Missile Defense

As the kingdom faces mounting insecurity, it has alienated most of its security guarantors and weapons suppliers in the West.

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Yemen: Diplomats Redouble Efforts But Lack of Leverage on Houthis Undermines Impact

Over the year, there were some small steps forward on Yemen. But as diplomatic efforts continue in 2022, there will still be no quick fix to end the war.

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Macron’s Gulf Gamble Pays Off

With the United States seemingly pulling back from the Middle East, French President Emmanuel Macron has advanced France’s strategic interests, with the Gulf acting as a gateway to his political ambitions in the region.

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Federalism and Conservatism in the UAE: The Case of Sharjah

As the pace of reforms quicken in the UAE, Sharjah is differentiating itself through its conservatism and independent voice.

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What’s Next for Libya’s Electoral Process?

Libya’s first major election since 2014 is scheduled for December 24. However, with just a week left, the list of presidential candidates has not been finalized and campaigning has yet to officially begin.

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What Does U.S. “Withdrawal” from the Middle East Mean?

The debate on U.S. policy in the Middle East needs to move away from abstractions like “commitment” versus “withdrawal” and engage with the real questions of just what interests in the Middle East justify the presence of U.S. military force and what threats justify its use.

The Beginning of the End for the Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen

UAE, Saudi, and affiliated local forces have begun withdrawing from locations across southern and western Yemen; while couched as “redeployments,” together the moves suggest the Saudi-led coalition is actively looking for an exit strategy.

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