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How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Houthis?

Tackling Yemen’s root problems won’t be easy, quick, or cheap, which is why no one has really tried.

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The U.S. Prevented War, Yet Iran’s Strategic Decision-Making Process Remains Flawed

The crisis between Iran and Israel may be contained for now, but the breakdown in decision making that led to the end of Iran’s “strategic patience” carries risks going forward.

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Rise of Captagon Trafficking in the Gulf

As Syria’s reintegration into the region continues, a holistic, long-term approach is needed to tackle the Captagon crisis plaguing the Middle East.

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Operation Aspides: The European Union’s Response to the Red Sea Crisis

While underscoring the EU’s ambitions to expand its maritime security goals in the region, Operation Aspides faces operational and political challenges.

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No Good Options: The U.S. Dilemma in Yemen

While not yet successful, the Biden administration’s “deter and degrade” approach may prove to be an adaptable approach that can be modified into a winning strategy.

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Becoming “Neutral”: Addressing the Increasing Stakes of Qatar’s Hamas Mediation

To adapt to the post-October 7 environment, Qatar may need to abandon some long-standing policies and reemerge as a truly neutral broker and mediator.

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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-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.

Privatizing the Gulf Utility Sector

Gulf governments are looking to privatize their energy-intensive utility sectors, aiming to make public utilities more environmentally and financially sustainable.

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