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Global action needed to counter rising violence in Afghanistan

  • There has been no respite from terrorism for Afghanistan in 2023, but despite the formidable security challenges, Taliban leaders have contributed to the country’s instability by escalating their draconian measures at home and increasing its isolation and estrangement from the rest of the world...
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Taliban’s misogyny has dire consequences

  • The UN Security Council on Tuesday denounced the Taliban’s ban on women attending universities or working for humanitarian aid groups. It called for “full, equal and meaningful” participation of women and girls in Afghanistan. The council said that barring women and girls from higher education ...
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How the EU arrived at its new Iran policy

  • During 2022, the EU has gradually but considerably shifted its position on Iran, from rapprochement to a more realistic position that is closer to that of the US and the GCC. The EU’s push for the resumption of Tehran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal was a m...
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China and the GCC plan for a brighter future in the Gulf

  • The GCC-China summit held in Riyadh last Friday was the first between China and the GCC as a bloc, establishing a multifaceted strategic partnership between them. In addition to a public statement summarizing their shared views on important regional and international issues, they adopted a five...
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The EU’s new security doctrine in the Gulf

  • During a visit to Brussels last week, it was clear to see that the EU’s most important institutions and constituencies are determined to enhance the bloc’s security architecture. Awakened by the Ukraine war, the EU is shoring up its defenses at home and abroad, including in the Gulf region. Pr...
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G20 Summit offers rare opportunity to defuse global tensions

  • The G20 Summit taking place in Bali this week is one of the most pivotal in the group’s 23-year history. Last week, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi warned that it is “among the or maybe the most difficult of all G20s because of geopolitical and economic issues, and others.” Indonesi...
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Houthis’ organic links with IRGC and Hezbollah revealed

  • The Terrorism Combating Center at West Point military college in the US published an important study last month on Houthi links to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. More countries are now mulling listing the IRGC and the Houthis as terrorist organizations, Hezbol...
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Ukraine war calls for greater EU role in Gulf security

  • The Gulf Cooperation Council this week hosted an important session of political dialogue with the EU that focused on the evolving security situation in the two regions. Two issues dominated the discussion: The repercussions of the Ukraine war and the need to work together to counter Iran’s regi...
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Russia’s nuclear threat and the future of Gulf nonproliferation

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin last week warned that if the territorial integrity of Russia was threatened, he would “certainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. It is not a bluff.” That was interpreted as implicitly referring to nuclear weapons. This is not ...
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Deep divisions mark the opening of UN General Assembly

  • Not since the Cold War has the world been as divided as it appeared on the opening day of the UN General Assembly’s General Debate on Tuesday. Heads of state and government, foreign ministers and lesser diplomats from around the world are taking turns this week to speak in this annual ritual, w...
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