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Uprooting Islamic State?

Uprooting Islamic State?

Lacking outside alliances and with the geopolitical situation slowly starting to tilt against it, Islamic State’s pretensions to act as a legitimate government seem to have its days numbered.

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Saudi-Iranian ‘Cold War’ Uses Sectarianism As Tool

Saudi-Iranian ‘Cold War’ Uses Sectarianism As Tool

Following Saudi Arabia’s execution of the Shiite Cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, observers of the Middle East are pondering a multitude of eventualities, many of which point to a hot conflict between the two regional powers.

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Saudi Arabia-Iran: Tensions and Intertwined Futures

Saudi Arabia-Iran: Tensions and Intertwined Futures

2016 kicked off with tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran reaching new highs. Their rivalry will define the future of the region, from oil prices to the risk of armed conflict.

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More Violence in Xinjiang

More Violence in Xinjiang

The latest attack in a long series of aggressions left more than 50 people dead and dozens wounded.

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Who’s Who in Yemen

Who’s Who in Yemen

Yemen had drawn little attention in the United States, or in many other parts of the world, until recent events thrust it into the headlines.

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SIGNALS: A Candid Discussion with Dr. Philippa Malmgren

SIGNALS: A Candid Discussion with Dr. Philippa Malmgren

Paul Nash of the Foreign Policy Association speaks with Dr. Philippa Malmgren about her new book Signals: The Breakdown of the Social Contract and the Rise of Geopolitics.

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Gulf Canvases and the Cultural Renaissance

Gulf Canvases and the Cultural Renaissance

Over the past fifty years, art in the Gulf has witnessed an artistic revolution, starting in Kuwait.

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Energy Resources and Political Dynamics with Gulf States

Energy Resources and Political Dynamics with Gulf States

For years, oil has been powered our increasingly technologically dependent world. Oil alternatives are becoming increasingly popular, and coupled with the Persian Gulf’s limited supply, many governments have tried to stay ahead of the market, which forecasts a world that’s not dependent on the Arabian Peninsula’s oil.

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Past, Present, Future: Gulf Women in the Economy

Past, Present, Future: Gulf Women in the Economy

With the appearance of oil in the mid-20th century, the structure of the average Arabian family began to change. So, too, did women’s participation in the economy and their societal status.

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Saudi Arabia and Iran’s Backyard Politics

Saudi Arabia and Iran’s Backyard Politics

The Iran-Saudi “cold war” carries, for both countries, a dimension that raises particular security concerns: the presence of minority communities in their respective backyards that show sympathy to the other side due to domestic repression.

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Candid Discussions: Sadjadpour on Saudi-Iranian Dynamics

Candid Discussions: Sadjadpour on Saudi-Iranian Dynamics

Mr. Sadjadpour recently sat down with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association to discuss Saudi-Iranian dynamics and the increasing sectarian rivalry between the two Middle Eastern heavyweights.

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Social Media’s Economic Revolution in the Gulf

Social Media’s Economic Revolution in the Gulf

Physical mobility is one of the greatest challenges of market accessibility facing citizens in the Gulf region; however, new technologies flattened time and distance, offering unprecedented opportunities.

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The Implications of the Houthi Coup d’état in Yemen

The Implications of the Houthi Coup d’état in Yemen

The Houthi, who prefer to call themselves Ansar Allah, or Partisans of God, hail from the Zaydi branch of Shia Islam, a sect that exists almost entirely in Yemen and make up about 35 percent of its population.

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Two Brigadier Generals in Death

Two Brigadier Generals in Death

The deaths of two high-ranking officers of the Saudi and Iranian militaries two weeks apart at the hands of Iraqi militants illustrates just how internationalized the regional conflict against ISIS has become.

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Candid Discussions: Akin Ünver on Turkish Foreign Policy Challenges

Candid Discussions: Akin Ünver on Turkish Foreign Policy Challenges

Akın Ünver sits down with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association to discuss Turkey’s current foreign policy challenges and the situation in Kobane.

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