Politics and Governance

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Saudi Arabia’s New Strategy in Yemen: Border and Proxies

Saudi Arabia’s new, exit-focused strategy for Yemen implicitly weakens the country’s formal institutions and provides greater political leverage for the Houthis, imposing indirect costs that could undercut prospects for a broader U.N.-led Yemeni peace process.

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Envy and Admiration: Iranian Perspectives on Saudi Arabia’s Diplomatic Maneuvers

Iran may look to emulate Saudi Arabia in its efforts to reorient its foreign policy and establish a more balanced position in relations with the great powers of the East and West.

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Sudan Threatens to Become Next Big Conflict, for Its Neighbors and the Gulf

The risks of all-out civil war and state collapse are likely to sharpen the now swirling debates over risky external intervention, floundering democracy efforts, and confounding Russian influence.

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Saudi-Hosted Ukraine Event Ends Without Breakthrough but Still Irritates Absent Russia

Riyadh’s prominent role underscores its growing confidence on the world stage and its careful, pragmatic balancing of alliances and relations with key partners.

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Japan and the UAE Partner to Tackle the Energy Transition

Cooperation on UAE-produced clean energy serves Japan’s interest in diversifying its renewable energy mix while also boosting the UAE’s global position as a reliable green energy supplier.

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Iraq and Egypt Boost Diplomacy, but GCC Remains the Linchpin

Increasing diplomatic engagements between Iraq and Egypt are helping to advance a more ambitious regional project with Jordan, but Gulf economic and statecraft dominance will shape the initiative’s objectives and ambitions.

The UAE: Tackling Climate Change From Space

Emirati leaders hope the UAE Space Agency can speed up the journey to carbon neutrality and position the country as a hub of climate technology and research.

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