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June 30, 2024
Issue Brief -
AI Competition amid Expansion of U.S. AI Chip Export Controls into the Gulf

This issue brief investigates the rapid development of AI in the Gulf amid the intensifying U.S.-China tech war.

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June 5, 2024
Issue Brief -
Iran’s Evolving Foreign Policy Structure: Implications on Foreign Relations

This issue brief aims to explore the transformation of Iran’s foreign policy decision-making process and structure in the past three years, highlighting the impact of growing power centralization, anti-Westernism, militarization, and authoritarianism in Iran.

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May 30, 2024
Issue Brief -
Turkish Foreign Policy in an Unhinged World

This issue brief argues that Türkiye’s quest for autonomy and status in international affairs, which has long characterized its foreign policy, is set to continue amidst these shifting dynamics.

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May 28, 2024
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Tax Reform in Saudi Arabia: Assessing the Economic and Societal Impacts

This Issue Brief addresses the impact of VAT imposition in Saudi Arabia, examining the root economic challenges that led to tax reform in the kingdom and by exploring the economic and societal impact of this policy.

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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 -
Qatar’s Investments in Iraq Expand Strategic Relations

Strategic relations between Qatar and Iraq through Qatari investments, and the challenges related to protecting Qatari investments in Iraq.

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February 8, 2024
Issue Brief -
CBDC Global Pioneers: A Roadmap for Gulf Countries

Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) issued by the Gulf countries, and their competition with digital dollar, digital yuan, and other digital currencies.

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January 11, 2024
Issue Brief -
Algerian-Russian Ties: Beyond Military Cooperation?

Algeria’s relations with Russia extend from historical ties and military cooperation to strategic partnerships in foreign, economic, and cultural. Read more!

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December 31, 2023
Issue Brief -
Türkiye’s Consequential Elections and Western Media Coverage

There is little doubt that modern Türkiye and its current leadership pose a serious dilemma for many countries in the West. On one hand, the country is a rising star in the international arena, thanks to its growing geostrategic influence based on its membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), unique geographic location which bridges Asia and Europe, growing economy, and increasing diplomatic weight. On the other hand, there has been constant Western unease about Türkiye’s human rights record and the perceived strongman leadership style of its current leader.

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December 12, 2023
Policy Paper -
Women’s Education: Cultural and Religious Solutions from the Heart of Afghanistan

This paper recommends transformative yet progressive solutions, embedding women’s education as the rule rather than the exception. It advocates leveraging educational institutions that resonate with society’s beliefs and traditions. Furthermore, it calls for establishing dialogue and integration channels between Afghan society and Islamic communities to dismantle the prevailing obstructions to women’s education and employment.

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November 30, 2023
Policy Paper -
Power in Yemen: From Formation to Appropriation

This paper explores the evolution of Yemen’s power dynamics and highlights how factions vie for control and perpetuate cycles of conflict. It explores competing groups’ motives and factors that enable political elites to eclipse other factions and stifle equitable representation.

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