The resumption of Kurdish oil exports hinges on achieving consensus between Baghdad and Ankara, but a lasting solution can only be cemented through a trilateral agreement that includes Erbil.
Saudi Arabia’s new, exit-focused strategy for Yemen implicitly weakens the country’s formal institutions and provides greater political leverage for the Houthis, imposing indirect costs that could undercut prospects for a broader U.N.-led Yemeni peace process.
Joining BRICS will epitomize the UAE’s pursuit of strategic autonomy and equidistant ties.
Regardless of how or when the current conflict in Yemen ends, child soldiers are not simply going to disappear.
While a regional naval alliance remains distant, de-escalation has created an opening for maritime security cooperation.
Qatar’s naval expansion will give it new amphibious, air defense, and anti-ship capabilities, but the country will face challenges to fully man its naval platforms exclusively with Qataris, given the country’s small population.
Saudi Arabia’s economic diversification plans are showing signs of progress, although the economy remains heavily reliant on oil.
The combination of slowing growth trends and persistently ambitious development plans is likely to increase regional economic competition.
A thorough analysis of the government budget, debt, and net asset positions is needed to understand the fiscal situation in Saudi Arabia and any implications this may have for oil market policy.
AGSIW's ninth annual Petro Diplomacy conference examined how the Gulf Cooperation Council countries are managing the energy transition and expectations for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP28, in Dubai beginning in November.
Energy cooperation is a central factor in not only China-Gulf economic relations but also the triangular – and often fraught – relationship among the United States, Gulf states, and China.
The Middle East could become the center of an electric spider’s web, but such dreams face massive challenges.
A better understanding of the potential impact of AI and clouds on energy consumption will enable informed decisions today regarding investments in energy sources, ensuring adequate supplies to meet the energy needs of the future.
The wide-ranging effects of water scarcity in the Gulf are likely to get worse without accelerated mitigation and adaptation measures.
COP28 is expected to create momentum for the Gulf states to advance their climate action ambitions and climate policy implementation.
AI, particularly large language models, could lay the foundation for a more technologically harmonized and effective educational framework in Bahrain.
The Saudi Public Investment Fund’s recent moves in golf and football showcase Saudi Arabia’s increasing interest in turning sports into a cornerstone of the kingdom’s transformation agenda.
Although the entry of women into the Gulf’s diplomatic and military ranks was slower than elsewhere, the region is in the midst of a sweeping transformation, largely due to top-down policies and social shifts.
Mahshahr-based SARAI Gallery supports emerging artists from around Iran and Southwest Asia through various curatorial initiatives and attendance at art fairs spanning the globe.
Through its Modern Heritage Initiative, Abu Dhabi has set itself apart from other urban centers in the UAE and region.
Through her multidisciplinary creative practice, Kuwaiti Ukrainian artist Amani AlThuwaini engages with themes of heritage and history, consumerism, childhood, and ritual.
Through its careful examination of the forces shaping the evolution of Gulf societies and the new generation of emerging leaders, AGSIW facilitates a richer understanding of the role the countries in this key geostrategic region can be expected to play in the 21st century.Learn More