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North America Politics

Trump’s “America First” policy: provoking adversaries and alarming allies

When U.S. president Donald Trump addressed the General Assembly in late September, he promised “to defend America’s interests above all else.”

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Saudi Arabia’s escalating foreign Policy: the Qatar crisis is just the beginning

Saudi Arabia is losing the shadow war against Iran. The Qatar crisis was a reaction to failures, but will likely drive Saudi to greater extremes.

Debate Corner Middle East/North Africa

Is the referendum on Kurdish independence a spark in a powder keg?

GRI Debate: Will the independence referendum in Kurdistan further destabilize Iraq and the region? Kurdish authorities announced on Wednesday that Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly voted in favour of a split from Iraq,

Middle East/North Africa Security

Why the Kurdish referendum is part of Barzani’s wider strategy

Kurdish authorities announced on Wednesday that Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly voted in favour of a split from Iraq, with 92.7 percent of voters casting their vote in favour of Kurdistan’s independence.

International Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy Politics Security

Referendum in Kurdistan: A risky gamble in a volatile region

Nearly 93% of eligible voters in Kurdistan have cast their ballot in favour of independence. Although technically the referendum is non-binding, it does represent a new and potentially dangerous phase

Middle East/North Africa Technology and infrastructure

Space launch vehicles and rockets, sanctions and agreements: The issue of compliance

The relationship between Iran and the US appears to be evolving within a framework of political posturing and an international governance system.

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Implications of Iran gas deal with France’s Total

Iran has concluded a $5.9 billion deal with a consortium led by French Total, a victory for Hassan Rouhani’s administration and even prospective investors.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Eyes on China and US data. The ECB and Bank of Japan talk rates. California votes on cap and trade. Investments in Iran safe for now. All in The Week Ahead.

International Middle East/North Africa Security

Why the Qatari-Arab tension may remain despite possible settlements

On the 6th of June, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE announced in a coordinated move to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Rouhani, Trump, and Theresa May: Is rapprochement dead?

Rouhani and his reformist allies rode their platform of social moderation and international engagement to crushing victories.