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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?

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Bahraini Photographer Puts Spotlight on Youth Palestine Advocacy

Ahmed Alghasra blends advocacy for the Palestinians with his photography to document demonstrations on social media and amplify youth perspectives on the Gaza conflict.

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Layali Al-Qaisariyah: A Saudi Festival in an Agricultural Town

The Layali Al-Qaisariyah festival in Al-Hofuf, in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, is an illuminating example of how the kingdom's art and entertainment agenda manifests outside the major cities.

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In the Gulf, Is Civil Society Fighting for Climate?

Tracking the efforts and successes of civil society elements in underscoring the urgency of addressing climate change will remain a key bellwether for progress on issues relating to global warming, energy transition, and sustainability.

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Gender Segregation Tests Kuwait University

Kuwait University's responsibility to educate students for a globalized workforce in conjunction with the younger generation’s more liberal attitudes may lead to a gradual reevaluation of gender segregation rules.

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Expo 2030: An Opportunity to Define Riyadh’s Future

In 2030, Riyadh has the opportunity to offer something radically different that will leave a lasting legacy for the world.

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Kuwait's New Emir: A Frank Speech Signals a Sharp Change in Direction

Kuwait's new emir, Meshal al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah, announces an end to the current populist terms of engagement with the Parliament, which seems to suggest a forceful corrective – and perhaps more domestic strife – to come.

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Social Entrepreneurship Begins to Thrive in the UAE

Through government support, the UAE looks to spark its nongovernmental sector, encouraging the growth of a new social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia Lead the Way on Central Asian Energy Pivot

As Central Asian states seek to diversify their economic partnerships, the UAE and Saudi Arabia double down on green investments in the region to bolster their energy transitions.

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