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.

How Israel Factors into the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict

Nov 10, 2020

For decades, Israel and Azerbaijan have maintained a special partnership. Israel has relied on the Caucasian country’s gas and oil for energy imports, while Azerbaijan’s military has turned to Israel for advanced weaponry.

Not All Arab States Will Normalize Ties With Israel

Oct 22, 2020

Each Arab monarchy in the Gulf has its unique perspective on Israel and the Palestinian cause. Although not inevitable, others in the Gulf Cooperation Council may join the UAE and Bahrain in formalizing relations with Israel.

Kuwaiti Efforts to Help Stabilize Iraq

Oct 13, 2020

Iraq faces many domestic and regional challenges. Of all six Gulf Cooperation Council member states, Kuwait is arguably the most concerned about instability in Iraq.

The Energy Angle to the UAE-Israel Deal

Sep 30, 2020

In August, the UAE became the third Arab state to establish full-fledged diplomatic relations with Israel. One important dimension of bilateral relations that will be important to both Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv is energy.

Does Iran Pose a Threat to the Horn of Africa?

Sep 23, 2020

Ever since 1979, Iran has pursued its interests in the Horn of Africa. To Tehran, this volatile and impoverished part of Africa has represented a region where it could gain strategic depth and undermine agendas of countries seeking to weaken and isolate the Islamic Republic.

Insecurity in the Sahel Region

Sep 17, 2020

Throughout the Sahel, international borders are porous, poverty rates are high, and there is a history of violent conflict making social fabrics acutely fragile.

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