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Eye to the Horizon: The UAE’s Maritime Ambitions

The UAE is increasingly looking to the maritime domain as an area of regional and global cooperation but also as a vessel of continued power projection.

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Old and New Divisions Block Libya’s Path to Elections

Divisions among Libya’s political, security, and financial institutions remain a key obstacle to the political transition process, and foreign powers still stoke many of these divisions for their own strategic interests.

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Gulf Engagement in Afghanistan’s Evolving Political Marketplace: Uneven Investment, Uncertain Prospects

Gulf countries have deep historical ties with Afghanistan. As the NATO mission comes to an end, they could have the influence to help stabilize Afghanistan and chart a course toward peace and reconciliation.

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A Grand Bargain for Yemen

The next U.N. special envoy for Yemen will be uniquely positioned to spearhead a grand bargain that might be the international community’s last chance to reconstitute Yemen as a single state.

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Libya’s Fragile Political Consensus Faces Daunting Challenges

Libya’s unity government is restoring ties with international partners and jumpstarting the country’s economy, but with a delicate political consensus will the interim government be able to deliver free and fair elections?

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The Gulf Cooperation Council at 40: Finally Ripe for a Regional Security System?

The signing of the Al Ula agreement ending the GCC crisis may finally allow the Gulf countries to establish a regional security system, an endeavor that has been decades in the making.

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Yemeni Soldiers and the Battle for Pay

Lacking and intermittent payments to soldiers risk incentivizing local small wars that could persist regardless of whether a national conflict resolution deal is achieved.

The UAE’s Message of Hope, Delivered With a Soft-Power Focus and Some Strategic Hedging

The UAE’s Hope Consortium and Hope Probe illustrate a growing shift from a focus on hard power to a broader consideration of human security and the incorporation of new technologies.

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