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Turning Inward: GCC Sovereign Wealth Funds Reinvent Themselves in the COVID Era

Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud participates in the Counter-ISIL Ministerial Joint Ministerial Plenary Session, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on July 21, 2016. [State Department Photo/Public Domain], https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Deputy_Crown_Prince_Mohammad_Bin_Salman_bin_Abdulaziz_Al-Saud_Participates_in_the_Counter-ISIL_Ministerial_Plenary_Session_-_Flickr_-_U.S._Department_of_State_(cropped).jpg

But the path to a post-oil future won’t be easy.

Opportunities and Obstacles in Qatar-Indonesia Relations

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A desire to diversify export markets has pushed Indonesia and Qatar closer together in recent years, but there’s still a lot of work to do before the bilateral relationship can truly flourish.

Why Is Saudi Arabia Boycotting Turkish Exports?

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Turkish-Saudi rivalry is spilling into the realm of economics, which doesn’t bode well for future bilateral relations.

What a Joe Biden Win Means for the Abraham Accords

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Will Joe Biden pick up where President Trump left off in the Middle East?

Airport Attack Reflects Growing Instability in Iraqi Kurdistan

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A recent missile attack on Erbil airport in Iraqi Kurdistan portends growing instability in what has generally been a relatively peaceful region of Iraq.

UN Arms Embargo on Iran Lifted

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Tehran is now free to engage in global arms markets. But is anyone buying?

Four Reforms to Save the Lebanese Economy

The 2020 explosion only added to the problems faced by the Lebanese economy, cc Mehrnews, modified, photographer: mehdi shojaeian, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Damages_after_2020_Beirut_explosions_5.jpg

These four reforms could help overcome the dysfunction of recent years and put the Lebanese economy back on a path toward rejuvenation.

The Wagner Group: Origins and Early Deployments

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First in a two-part series, this backgrounder traces the origins and earliest deployments of Russia’s infamous mercenary outfit: the Wagner Group.

Libyan Civil War Swings in Tripoli’s Favor

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But the longstanding conflict is still far from over. In fact, it might be on the brink of a new escalation from Egypt.

Turkey’s Libya Gambit Will Not Go Unanswered by Egypt

Three old Libyan tanks, derelict after the failed intervention in the Chadian civil war. cc Flickr David Stanley, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Turkey’s expanding role in the Libyan Civil War presents a security threat to Sisi’s Egypt, one that is unlikely to go unchallenged.

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