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GCC meetings with Russia, Ukraine provide opening for diplomacy

  • Last week’s twin meetings between the Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers and officials from Russia and Ukraine provided an opportunity to clarify the GCC’s position on the Russia-Ukraine conflict and explore avenues for cooperation with the two countries. The bloc enjoyed close economic...
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Iran’s seizure of Greek tankers threatens regional maritime security

  • Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps revealed on Friday that it had seized two oil tankers belonging to Greece, which has accused Tehran of piracy for its taking of Delta Poseidon and Prudent Warrior. In already-jittery energy markets, the attacks have had a destabilizing effect, at least ...
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Italy turns south, seeks GCC cooperation

  • The Italian government this month launched a new campaign to revive the country’s ties with the rest of the Mediterranean. The inaugural event was an international conference titled “Verso Sud — Looking Southward: The European Strategy for a New Geopolitical, Economic and Sociocultural Season i...
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Lebanon’s elections promise change and reforms

  • The official results are out for Lebanon’s parliamentary elections, which were held on Sunday. They indicate significant changes in the country’s political landscape. The pro-Iran, pro-Hezbollah bloc appears to have lost its majority and, with it, its ability to block Lebanon’s badly needed ref...
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GCC-EU energy cooperation needed now more than ever

  • Earlier this year, the EU and the Gulf Cooperation Council agreed on their Joint Action Program for the 2022 to 2027 period. It is an ambitious indicative plan with an emphasis on strategic cooperation, including wide-ranging energy partnership. Although the GCC-EU Joint Council, as the body co...
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The Tadhamun massacre and accountability for Syria’s atrocities

  • Two University of Amsterdam researchers have meticulously documented one of Syria’s worst atrocities: The mass execution in 2013 of scores of men, women and children in the Tadhamun neighborhood just a short distance away from Damascus city center. The recently published documentation provides ...
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Yemen’s internal security challenges and the Riyadh talks

  • The attack on a liquefied natural gas pipeline on Sunday was the latest security incident in the oil and gas-rich Shabwa province in southern Yemen. This incident and other security breaches in government-controlled areas represent a serious challenge to the authority of the Presidential Leader...
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Riyadh talks turn a new page in Yemen crisis

  • The talks on Yemen in Riyadh last week succeeded even before they started — and their eventual outcomes exceeded expectations. As soon as the Gulf Cooperation Council announced its intention to host intra-Yemeni consultations over a 10-day period (March 29 to April 7), unstoppable momentum was ...
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Ukraine crisis underscores need for equitable multilateralism

  • During the UN Security Council debate on Ukraine on Tuesday night, President Volodymyr Zelensky exhorted the council’s members to act, asking rhetorically, “Are you ready to close the United Nations? Do you think that the time for international law is gone?” Zelensky’s remarks underline the fe...
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Mariupol, Aleppo and the search for consistency and dialogue

  • The interesting exchange on Saturday between Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and Josep Borrell, the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, underlined the Kingdom’s call for a consistent approach to international crises and the need for a sustain...
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