Politics and Governance

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Why the Saudi-Iranian Pact Is Withstanding the Gaza War

The Gaza war has demonstrated the strategic utility and resilience of the detente between Saudi Arabia and Iran. However, its longer-term sustainability may depend on unpredictable regional dynamics or other outside factors.

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In the Gulf, Is Civil Society Fighting for Climate?

Tracking the efforts and successes of civil society elements in underscoring the urgency of addressing climate change will remain a key bellwether for progress on issues relating to global warming, energy transition, and sustainability.

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What Do Recent Fatalities Reveal About the Quds Force and IRGC?

Targeted assassinations of skilled engineers, seasoned commanders, and intelligence operatives are no doubt taking a toll on the IRGC and the Quds Force but not enough for Iran to reconsider its attempt at containing the perceived threat from Israel.

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Iran Leadership Succession: Former President Rouhani Disqualified

While no immediate threat to the Islamic Republic’s survival, the gradual shrinking of the ruling elites presents a long-term threat to the regime in Iran.

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The Inner Logic and Outer Limits of Post-Gaza Normalization

The underlying logic of normalizing ties with Israel remains intact for Gulf states. However, public anger, increased focus on the Palestinian issue, and the rising diplomatic price for Israel will impact the future of normalization.

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UAE: Norway’s Lessons for Economic Development and Sustainability

While Singapore has traditionally been seen as a model for the United Arab Emirates, Norway, with its unique approach to economic management and environmental sustainability, is increasingly cited as an inspiration.

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Iran-Pakistan Border Confrontation Brings Major Fallout

The flare up between Iran and Pakistan may have been snuffed out quickly, but the scars it left on the Pakistani and Iranian security establishments may affect ties going forward.

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Iraqi Provincial Elections Could Come With Major Political and Security Ramifications

The victory of pro-Iranian groups in Iraq’s provincial elections could exacerbate internal political tensions and raise concerns about regional stability.

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Obscure Track Record of Quds Force Deputy Fallahzadeh

Quds Force chief Brigadier General Ismail Qaani is likely to be succeeded by his deputy, but the role Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Fallahzadeh currently plays in the organization remains obscure.

Why the Saudi-Iranian Pact Is Withstanding the Gaza War

The Gaza war has demonstrated the strategic utility and resilience of the detente between Saudi Arabia and Iran. However, its longer-term sustainability may depend on unpredictable regional dynamics or other outside factors.

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