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Under Pressure, the Houthis May Once Again Turn to Iran

If the Houthis believe their military offensive in Marib is in danger, they will likely look to the only real ally they have, Iran.

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Triangular Travails: Iran, the Gulf Arab States, and the United States

Iran and the Gulf Arab states may be sincere in their attempts to reduce regional tensions, but the nuclear crisis casts dark clouds over the region’s security dynamics.

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Saudi Arabia’s Patriot Buys: The Political Aspects of Missile Defense

As the kingdom faces mounting insecurity, it has alienated most of its security guarantors and weapons suppliers in the West.

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Yemen: Diplomats Redouble Efforts But Lack of Leverage on Houthis Undermines Impact

Over the year, there were some small steps forward on Yemen. But as diplomatic efforts continue in 2022, there will still be no quick fix to end the war.

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What Does U.S. “Withdrawal” from the Middle East Mean?

The debate on U.S. policy in the Middle East needs to move away from abstractions like “commitment” versus “withdrawal” and engage with the real questions of just what interests in the Middle East justify the presence of U.S. military force and what threats justify its use.

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The Beginning of the End for the Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen

UAE, Saudi, and affiliated local forces have begun withdrawing from locations across southern and western Yemen; while couched as “redeployments,” together the moves suggest the Saudi-led coalition is actively looking for an exit strategy.

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Can Green Transition Help EU Build Better Relations With the Gulf?

As the EU tries to overcome its strategic confusion, the transition to a greener economy could provide opportunities for EU-GCC relations.

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More Arms, Less Influence? Europe-Gulf Relations Amid Regional Militarization

As the Gulf Arab states have asserted themselves as active shapers of regional security, their military experience, supplier diversification efforts, and domestic industry developments – in tandem with their traditional financial clout – have gained them greater leverage over European security partners.

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The Generals Take Back Power, Derailing Sudan’s Fragile Democratic Transition

Saudi Arabia and the UAE, because of their ties to key military leaders, will play a major role in what comes next in Sudan.

Iran Doubles Down on China to Hedge Against the West

For Iran’s new president, the acceptance into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is an important diplomatic achievement as Raisi tries to bolster his image as a statesman and look toward the East for economic and strategic partnerships.

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