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Gulf State Analytics (GSA) is a Washington, DC-based geopolitical risk consulting firm which 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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Iraq’s governance crisis reaches boiling point

Iraq witnesses massive protests as public outrage spills onto the streets over corruption, unemployment and poor public services.

Unrest heats up in Iraq

On August 14, a major explosion occurred at a gas transportation pipeline in Iraq’s Basra. Although local sources have talked of some “technical cause,” the blast’s reason remains unclear.

The importance of desalination to Saudi Arabia and Yemen

As one of the driest and wealthiest countries in the world, Saudi Arabia has invested hundreds of millions of petrodollars in desalination to ensure the longevity of its water supply.

Fighting for legitimacy: The dueling sovereignties in southern Yemen​

Recent clashes in Aden lay bare the untenable sociopolitical status quo in southern Yemen. Weeks of attacks and conspiracies reveal a strained Saudi-Emirati alliance and unaddressed southern Yemeni grievances.

Yemen will probably never join the defunct GCC

Before Iran-allied Houthi rebels seized the Yemeni capital of Sana‘a in 2014, Yemen harbored geopolitical ambitions. Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country’s former strongman, hoped to join the GCC, yet current events stopped the late dictator from realizing this goal.