Gulf State Analytics

Gulf State Analytics (GSA) is a Washington, DC-based geopolitical risk consulting firm that assesses risks and opportunities among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states for lenders, traders, investors, policymakers and other parties. In today’s volatile environment, stakeholders demand current, objective and independent assessments of the GCC’s complex state of affairs. Our team of renowned economists, political scientists, former diplomats and regional experts distinguish between fact and fiction to provide timely insights into current events in the GCC.
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Saudi-UAE Relations in 2021

In July, tensions between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates made major headlines. Dr. Andreas Krieg, a lecturer at the School of Security Studies at King's College London, discusses some of the dynamics and key issues shaping Riyadh-Abu Dhabi relations. Continue Reading

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Tunisia and the Gulf

A decade after the Jasmine Revolution, an autogolpe in Tunisia put the North African country back in the international spotlight. Annelle Sheline, an adviser at Gulf State Analytics, discusses the influence of Gulf states in Tunisia. Continue Reading

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Great Power Competition in the Middle East

The ascendancy of China and Russia in the 21st century has had major implications for the Middle East and North Africa's geopolitical order. Jon Hoffman, a PhD student at George Mason University, discusses how countries in the region are responding to the return of greater power competition. Continue Reading

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Iran and the Taliban

The chaotic situation in Afghanistan is a major concern for all neighboring countries, including Iran. Hamidreza Azizi, an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Berlin-based German Institute for International and Security Affairs, analyzes Tehran's relationship with the Taliban. Continue Reading

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Sanctions on Iran

There is a decades-old history of Washington imposing sanctions on Iran for various reasons. Emma Scott, the Iran lead and research assistant at Project Alpha in the Centre for Science and Security Studies at King’s College London, discusses the background of sanctions on Tehran. Continue Reading

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Turkey’s Improved Relations With Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Turkey’s relationships with Egypt and Saudi Arabia have improved following years of friction. Esra Pakin Albayrakoglu, a professor at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul and a visiting professor at the National Defense University, discusses the dynamics influencing Ankara’s foreign policy. Continue Reading

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Can the US and Iran Compromise in Vienna?

Members of the P5+1 have been facilitating indirect US-Iran talks in Vienna with the hope of reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which the US pulled out of in 2018. Sina Toossi, a senior research analyst at the National Iranian American Council, explains what is at stake. Continue Reading

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Iran and the “Frozen” Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Sharing land borders with Azerbaijan and Armenia, Iran has vested interests in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Hamidreza Azizi, an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, analyzes Tehran's perspective on the current situation. Continue Reading

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What the End of the Gulf Crisis Means

The Gulf Cooperation Council's al-Ula summit in January was a historic moment in relations between Gulf Arab states. Antonino Occhiuto of Gulf State Analytics discusses the factors that led to the lifting of the blockade on Qatar and geopolitical implications for the wider region. Continue Reading

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