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New Tehran administration and regional maritime security

  • The drone attacks on the Mercer Street tanker on July 29-30 in international waters in the Arabian Sea are among the latest reminders of the need to beef up regional maritime security. They also underscore the need for the new Iranian administration to review its regional policies, as it is alm...
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GCC’s foreign policy consensus helps maintain peace

  • Coordination and cooperation in the political and security areas have been part and parcel of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) integration since the bloc’s inception in 1981. Since then, the GCC has worked on parallel tracks — political, defense, internal security and economic integration. This i...
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Why EU should play a greater role in Gulf security

  • The annual Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-EU political dialogue this week held its 23rd session. Gulf security topped the agenda and there was a discussion on how the two sides could establish a more regular and dedicated dialogue on this issue. Although GCC-EU engagement has been quite extens...
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UN’s new envoy has the credentials to resolve Yemen crisis

  • The choice of Swedish diplomat Hans Grundberg as the new UN special envoy to Yemen bodes well for the organization’s efforts. He is the fourth UN special envoy to Yemen and the one with the most experience in the country and the Gulf region. As EU ambassador to Yemen since 2019, Grundberg succe...
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UK poised to regain its special role in the Gulf

  • The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the UK this week completed a year-long Joint Trade and Investment Review — an important building block for the GCC-UK Strategic Partnership that was established in 2016. For more than a decade, GCC states and Britain have been rebuilding and re-energizing ...
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Lebanon must heed warnings of looming meltdown

  • EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Saturday said that the Lebanese leaders were to blame for the crises gripping their country, and threatened to impose sanctions on those who continue to obstruct the formation of a new government. Meanwhile, earlier this month, the World Bank issued anot...
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US exit should not be allowed to destabilize Afghanistan

  • Evidence is mounting that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan — before a peace deal can take hold — is destabilizing the country. Armed groups are seeking to increase their territorial control at the expense of the internationally recognized government, attacking officials, security forces and p...
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The Gulf Cooperation Council at 40: A regional success story

  • When the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was founded, 40 years ago this week, it filled a security vacuum created by Britain’s withdrawal from the region. After more than 200 years of being the main security guarantor across most of the region, the British decided to exit the Gulf in December 1...
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Red Sea security requires international cooperation

  • International competition for influence in the Red Sea region has intensified over the past few years, as concerns about its security and stability have grown dramatically. Great powers and trading nations are elbowing each other to gain a foothold in the region. The US maintains its largest Af...
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Saudi legal reforms to follow international norms

  • During a TV interview last month, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was asked about Saudi Arabia’s ongoing legal reforms — a project he has championed for some time. The project follows international best practices on legal reform, especially regarding clarity, transparency, legal certainty to r...
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