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Event Report – Petro Diplomacy: Gulf Countries on the Front Line of Energy Security

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington's eighth annual Petro Diplomacy conference examined the upheaval in the oil and gas markets following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the role of Gulf Arab oil producing states in meeting the sudden demand surge.

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With Iran’s Drones, Russia Looks to Extend War and Costs to Ukraine – and the West

While the strategic value of Iran’s drones seems limited thus far, Moscow seems to view them as an inexpensive – and punitive – way to maintain leverage in the conflict.

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The Security Side of Qatar’s World Cup

Qatar is relying on a robust injection of security capabilities and training from partner countries to help it cope with the challenges and potential risks of hosting such a large international event and has worked to take advantage of this security response to drive its national security strategy.

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Gulf Countries on the Front Line of Energy Security

The conflict in Ukraine has brought about a change in the psychology and geography of the oil and gas markets, and the ramifications will be felt across the energy complex for years.

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The Military Dimension of Iran Protests

Recent Iranian military developments are a signal of the regime’s growing perception of vulnerability amid domestic unrest; its suppression strategy benefits from a military operation outside Iran’s borders that it can use to overstate separatist threats.

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Shabwa and Cracks in the Foundation of Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council

Recent fighting in Shabwa highlights lack of unity of Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council, threatening its ability to present a common front against the Houthis.

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Does Iran Want the Nuke and How Fast?

Iranian leaders may find the current international circumstances more amenable to a dash to nuclear deterrence. But the risks are truly grave.

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By Violent Means: Iraq’s PMF Descent From Popularity to Corruption and Repression

Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces will obstruct any reforms in Iraq that jeopardize the status quo and the militias’ political influence and hold over the state’s coffers.

The Art of the Possible in Yemen

If the United States wants to avoid a disaster scenario in Yemen, it should shift its focus from the failed attempt to resurrect a single Yemeni state to laying the groundwork for a divided Yemen.

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