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Israeli-Gulf cyber cooperation

Kristian Alexander and Justine Mazonier The Gulf region is increasingly digitalized. Futuristic projects are implemented in the Peninsula and have transformed its security architecture. GCC states are increasingly using these new technologies to ushered in a new era for their economies with the building of modern cities (such …

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India at the forefront of information technology for science and culture

Giancarlo Elia Valori The computer age in India began in 1958, when India’s first electronic digital computer HEC-2M was installed at the ISI in Kolkata. That computer was not only special because it was India’s, but also because India was in its infancy. It was the second country …

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Turkey gambles in bid to rival China as a key supply chain node

By James M. Dorsey A projected sharp reduction in trade between the United States and China in the next two years coupled with moves to diversify supply chains potentially position Turkey alongside Vietnam, Mexico, Taiwan and Poland as competitors in efforts to reduce dependency on the People’s Republic, …

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Caught in the Gulf Rivalry: Yemen’s Al Mahra Avoids the War Despite ‘Collateral Militarisation’

Eleonora Ardemagni Three years after my LSE blog post Emiratis, Omanis, Saudis: the rising competition for Yemen’s Al Mahra, Yemen’s Al Mahra has become an example of ‘collateral militarisation’. I use this concept to describe a stable region geographically close to a conflict area whose local system, although separate …

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The UAE’s approach to Turkey

Farzad Ramezani Bonesh Turkey and the UAE have extensive cultural, competitive and economic ties, but their relations have deteriorated significantly in recent years. The following article has examined the UAE’s current approach to Turkey. Economic pressure on Turkey The volume of trade between Turkey and the UAE in …

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Turkish shadow boxing reflects growing rivalry with Iran

James M. Dorsey Turkey is leveraging its successful backing of Azerbaijan’s recent war against Armenia to counter Iran in the Caucasus and gradually challenge Russia in Central Asia, the heart of what Moscow considers its backyard. The Turkish moves have elicited different responses from Russia and Iran, two countries Turkey …

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Sectarianism to Nationalism Reconsidered

Raad Alkadiri The genesis of the article ‘Iraqi Politics: From Sectarianism to Nationalism’ was a series of conversations and indicators over the course of the previous year that pointed to a significant shift in popular sentiment regarding the government and the political order. Political activists in the country, …

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 Russia, Germany: the “Big Game” of International Relations opens again

Giancarlo Elia Valori In 1992 the Japanese American historian and political scientist, Francis Fukuyama, gained his undeserved 15 minutes of fame by publishing a pamphlet with an evocative title, The End of History and the Last Man. The writer’s thesis was very simple: with the fall of the …

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