Interview: Kuwait’s First Elections
under the New Emir

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Washington’s Dilemma over Hamas in Qatar

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Sudan’s Puzzle:
Confronting Climate Change in a War-torn State

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April 19, 2024
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Iran in the Middle East: Building Bridges or Expanding Influence?

Introduction Iran’s role in the Middle East is both historical and evolving, marked by a strategic interplay of religion, ideology, politics, and regional dynamics. As a country situated at the core of vital geopolitical junctures, Iran’s actions have far-reaching implications, resonating across the region and beyond. This dossier is dedicated to deciphering the complexities of… Continue reading Iran in the Middle East: Building Bridges or Expanding Influence?

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April 4, 2024
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Sudan’s Puzzle: Confronting Climate Change in a War-torn State

Sudan is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change. Rising temperatures, increasingly erratic monsoon rains, prolonged droughts and frequent flooding pose mounting threats to both the environment and human society. Despite some efforts to mitigate these phenomena, Sudan’s latest conflict has highlighted the complex relationship between environmental fragility and geopolitical turmoil.

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March 4, 2024
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Building Bridges: Qatar’s Strategic Investments in Iraq

Qatar’s evolving regional relations have been markedly highlighted by its relations with Iraq over the past two decades. The relationship between Doha and Baghdad reached its lowest in 2014, when Iraq accused Qatar of sponsoring Sunni insurgent groups; and in 2015, when a group of 27 Qataris, including a member of the ruling family, were kidnapped by Shiite militias linked to Iran while the group was on an expedition near the Iraq – Saudi Arabia border.

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April 19, 2024
Dossier -
Iran in the Middle East: Building Bridges or Expanding Influence?

Introduction Iran’s role in the Middle East is both historical and evolving, marked by a strategic interplay of religion, ideology, politics, and regional dynamics. As a country situated at the core of vital geopolitical junctures, Iran’s actions have far-reaching implications, resonating across the region and beyond. This dossier is dedicated to deciphering the complexities of… Continue reading Iran in the Middle East: Building Bridges or Expanding Influence?

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April 19, 2024
Dossier -
Iran in the Middle East: Building Bridges or Expanding Influence?

Introduction Iran’s role in the Middle East is both historical and evolving, marked by a strategic interplay of religion, ideology, politics, and regional dynamics. As a country situated at the core of vital geopolitical junctures, Iran’s actions have far-reaching implications, resonating across the region and beyond. This dossier is dedicated to deciphering the complexities of… Continue reading Iran in the Middle East: Building Bridges or Expanding Influence?

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April 4, 2024
Issue Brief -
Sudan’s Puzzle: Confronting Climate Change in a War-torn State

Sudan is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change. Rising temperatures, increasingly erratic monsoon rains, prolonged droughts and frequent flooding pose mounting threats to both the environment and human society. Despite some efforts to mitigate these phenomena, Sudan’s latest conflict has highlighted the complex relationship between environmental fragility and geopolitical turmoil.

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March 4, 2024
Issue Brief -
Building Bridges: Qatar’s Strategic Investments in Iraq

Qatar’s evolving regional relations have been markedly highlighted by its relations with Iraq over the past two decades. The relationship between Doha and Baghdad reached its lowest in 2014, when Iraq accused Qatar of sponsoring Sunni insurgent groups; and in 2015, when a group of 27 Qataris, including a member of the ruling family, were kidnapped by Shiite militias linked to Iran while the group was on an expedition near the Iraq – Saudi Arabia border.

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22 April 2024
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Iran in the Middle East: Building Bridges or Expanding Influence?
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17 April 2024
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Unfolding Tragedy: Gaza’s Humanitarian Crisis
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20 March 2024
past event 9:00 pm GMT - 11:00 pm GMT
Annual Suhoor: Voices from the Arab Diaspora: Public intellectuals, Literature, and Exile
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22 April 2024
upcoming event 11:00 am AST - 12:15 pm AST

Iran in the Middle East: Building Bridges or Expanding Influence?

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17 April 2024
past event 4:00 pm GMT - GMT

Unfolding Tragedy: Gaza’s Humanitarian Crisis

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20 March 2024
past event 9:00 pm GMT - 11:00 pm GMT

Annual Suhoor: Voices from the Arab Diaspora: Public intellectuals, Literature, and Exile

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Afkar

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April 19, 2024
Can BRICS Really Drop the Dollar?

The new year saw four of the largest economies in the Middle East and North Africa join the BRICS economic union. The accession by Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates represents a strategic step away from the United States and Europe. For the new BRICS members, it could open new opportunities for… Continue reading Can BRICS Really Drop the Dollar?

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April 9, 2024
Interview: Kuwait’s First Elections under the New Emir

1. Kuwait has faced political gridlock, resulting in four elections over the past four years and deteriorating social services. In this month’s parliamentary elections, the opposition maintained a 29-seat majority in the 50-member body, closely resembling the previous year’s outcome. What do these results indicate for Kuwait’s political landscape and potential reforms? Hope springs eternal,… Continue reading Interview: Kuwait’s First Elections under the New Emir

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April 8, 2024
Washington’s Dilemma over Hamas in Qatar

“Tell Hamas that they must deliver on a hostage and ceasefire deal that would halt the war in Gaza or risk getting kicked out of the Qatari capital of Doha.” That was U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s message to Qatar in early March, according to a report by CNN five months into Israel’s war… Continue reading Washington’s Dilemma over Hamas in Qatar

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April 19, 2024
Can BRICS Really Drop the Dollar?

The new year saw four of the largest economies in the Middle East and North Africa join the BRICS economic union. The accession by Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates represents a strategic step away from the United States and Europe. For the new BRICS members, it could open new opportunities for… Continue reading Can BRICS Really Drop the Dollar?

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April 9, 2024
Interview: Kuwait’s First Elections under the New Emir

1. Kuwait has faced political gridlock, resulting in four elections over the past four years and deteriorating social services. In this month’s parliamentary elections, the opposition maintained a 29-seat majority in the 50-member body, closely resembling the previous year’s outcome. What do these results indicate for Kuwait’s political landscape and potential reforms? Hope springs eternal,… Continue reading Interview: Kuwait’s First Elections under the New Emir

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April 8, 2024
Washington’s Dilemma over Hamas in Qatar

“Tell Hamas that they must deliver on a hostage and ceasefire deal that would halt the war in Gaza or risk getting kicked out of the Qatari capital of Doha.” That was U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s message to Qatar in early March, according to a report by CNN five months into Israel’s war… Continue reading Washington’s Dilemma over Hamas in Qatar

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