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The GCC and Greece are natural partners

  • The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Greece signed a memorandum of understanding this week, establishing a new format for political, economic and cultural engagement. Although ad hoc cooperation and discussions about a GCC-Greece cooperation framework had been ongoing for some time, this is t...
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Three issues essential to kick-starting Libya’s recovery

  • The King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies on Sunday organized a discussion on the challenges facing Libya’s national unity government. The virtual conference included former senior officials and experts from Libya and neighboring countries. While the discussion by design focused o...
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Lack of international accountability has emboldened war criminals

  • A video surfaced last week documenting a massacre of unarmed men in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, near the ancient city of Axum. The gruesome footage confirmed the widespread reports of mass killings, sexual violence and other war crimes taking place in that region. Through the meticulous work...
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US, Chinese commitment to rules-based order offers hope

  • Rising tensions between the US and China publicly demonstrate that the new cold war is in full swing. The two countries’ renewed contest for power and influence has put many other nations, including friends of both such as the Gulf states, in a tough position. On the one hand, the US is the mai...
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UAE’s paradigm shift on naturalization

  • The UAE announced in January a law to grant Emirati citizenship to certain foreigners, based on their profession, accomplishments and talents, using specific criteria and conditions. The new UAE law is the latest in a series of changes to residency and citizenship requirements that the country...
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Biden’s Munich speech risks alienating non-European partners

  • President Joe Biden on Friday set forth before a virtual Munich Security Conference (MSC) the parameters of a new US foreign policy anchored in the transatlantic alliance. As friends and partners of both America and Europe, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has supported this alliance as its m...
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Iraq’s security, economic and governance challenges

  • A visit to Iraq this month was instructive on the challenges facing the country, but also the real determination to undo the damage caused by years of war and destruction. Iraqis expressed confidence that the upcoming national elections would help guide the political process and reignite econom...
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How new US envoy to Yemen can end the stalemate

  • US President Joe Biden’s decision last week to appoint Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Timothy Lenderking as a special envoy to Yemen is an important step toward resolving the conflict there. US leadership is key to augmenting Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and UN efforts to bring peace to ...
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Future Iran nuclear talks should include the GCC and regional issues

  • During its summit in AlUla last month, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) made public its position on future talks with Iran, stating that any future negotiation process should address Tehran’s regional conduct and missile program “all in one basket” along with its nuclear program. It also stre...
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Seven pillars on which to grow GCC-China partnership

  • China and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are seeking to strengthen their partnerships in a number of important areas, including economic and energy cooperation, political support and coordination, and security coordination. They are focused on trying to return to healthy economic ...
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