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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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What’s in store for the Iraqi economy?

The COVID-19 outbreak and weak crude prices is pushing Iraq into a deep financial crisis as Baghdad grapples with political uncertainty, popular discontent, and a struggling economy.

Azerbaijan’s response to COVID-19

Azerbaijan found itself sitting on a COVID-19 powder keg when the news surfaced in mid-February 2020 that neighbouring Iran had experienced one of the first cases outside China.

The notion of tolerance in Emirati foreign policy

Last year, 2019, was the “Year of Tolerance” in the UAE. In the Emirates, the official narrative was, as one author in The National wrote, about “the country’s dedication to welcoming people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

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.