Politics and Governance

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What’s Behind the UAE’s “Shuffle” Diplomacy?

The diverging priorities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai have given the UAE room to maneuver, and, increasingly, elements of the two emirates’ specific approaches are being consolidated within a unified strategy.

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Will Libya’s Interim Government Manage To Get Foreign Forces Out?

As Libya approaches the 10th anniversary of the 2011 revolution, foreign interference could jeopardize efforts to form an interim government and hold elections.

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Pandemic Stalls, But Won't Ground, Gulf Airlines

After a disastrous year for airlines worldwide, Gulf Arab carriers – both symbols and drivers of the air travel revolution of the past decade – must be agile to survive and thrive in a highly uncertain environment.

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Why the Saudis Ended the Dispute With Qatar

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s youth ambitions are behind the entry – and exit – from the Qatar standoff.

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What Will Become of the GCC?

Despite the reconciliation between Qatar and its neighbors, the Gulf Cooperation Council is far from united, and it is hard to know where the organization heads from here.

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The United States is Ready for Teamwork in the Gulf

The new direction taken by the Biden administration might reopen the doors for the United States and European allies to cooperate to bring more security and stability to the Gulf region.

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Resolution of Gulf Rift Not Likely to Mend Fault Lines in North Africa

Aspects of the Gulf conflict have trickled down to North Africa and fault lines have further hardened in various states due to their own internal political and socioeconomic dynamics.

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Prospects for Biden Administration Arms Sales to the Gulf: Revolution or Reversion to Norm?

Biden will likely put weapons sales to the Gulf on the back burner, but, at the end of the day, the administration’s positions on arms sales will reflect continuity, not change.

Gulf Reconciliation Offers Uneven Economic Gains

Economic gains associated with the Gulf reconciliation will be narrow and limited, and any economic momentum should be channeled to tackle longer-term challenges in the region.

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