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With New Crown Prince Kuwait Bucks Gulf Succession Trends

The emir’s naming of Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah – a noncontroversial politician and an experienced diplomat – as crown prince may help traverse Kuwait’s fissures, but there is still a long road ahead.

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AI, Advanced Technology the Focus of Tahnoun Visit

UAE National Security Advisor Tahnoun bin Zayed al-Nahyan’s recent visit to the United States underscores nascent U.S. success in persuading the UAE of the benefits of partnership and access to advanced technology and the risks of sticking with legacy Chinese tech partnerships.

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Hamad AlShriaan: The Rising Star of Kuwaiti Stand-Up Comedy

Hamad AlShriaan and the comedians of the Kuwait Comedy Club blend local cultural references with sharp delivery, creating a vibrant atmosphere for Kuwaiti youth.

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Saudi Arabia’s 60-Year Battle for Food Security

The climate crisis has shifted the Saudi approach to agriculture from rent distribution and coalition building to strategic investment to ensure Saudis have enough to eat.

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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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Gaza Heads Into Famine as Gulf Countries Scramble to Respond

With aid, public criticism, and diplomatic maneuver, Gulf countries are confronting Israel’s military action in Gaza and weighing how bad the situation could get.

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The End of Mandatory Hijab in Iran?

Should the Islamic Republic utilize the March 1 elections to end effective enforcement of the hijab law, it will remove a source of constant friction between state and society in Iran, but the regime will also lose an instrument of intimidating the urban middle class.

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Iran: Republic of Distrust

Forty-five years after the revolution and establishment of the Islamic Republic, the regime in Tehran is not only widely distrusted but has also sown the seeds of distrust among Iranians.

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Iran: Republic of God in an Increasingly Secular Society

Having failed to shape the society to its liking, can the Islamic Republic adapt to a society that is increasingly demanding separation between religion and state?

Saudi Arabia’s and the UAE’s Quest for African Critical Minerals

Saudi and Emirati efforts to expand the countries’ presence in Africa’s critical mineral industry bring the potential for both economic collaboration and geopolitical tension with China.

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