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The Shortcomings of the Gulf Cooperation Council

October 5, 2018


Written by Steven Tibbitts The Gulf Cooperation Council is an organization designed to strengthen ties between six Gulf-Arab states (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar) and coordinate their approaches to regional issues (Al-Hassan 2018; Guzansky and Heistein 2018). However, its usefulness and viability have diminished in recent years (Cordesman 2018; […]

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Containing Iran

September 30, 2018

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Written by Steven Tibbitts Policy Recommendations to Counter Iranian Expansionism US policy towards Iran should promote containment that confronts Iran’s current expansion efforts, helps insulate vulnerable states in the region against Iranian penetration, and blocking further spreading of malign Iranian influence. Just like George Keenan’s original containment theory, US policy should assume that the Iranian […]

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Iran’s Regional and Global Footprint

September 23, 2018

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Written by Steven Tibbitts Iran has significantly increased its efforts to expand its influence and sway across the Middle East, in locations as diverse as Iraq, Syria, and Morocco. It has followed a shrewd strategy of realpolitik that adjusts to constantly shifting politics in the region. One of the main drivers for the recent period […]

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Iranian Expansion

September 15, 2018

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Written by Steven Tibbitts   Iran is currently embarked on a campaign to extend both its territorial control and its ideological influence across the Middle East. Historically, post-1979 Iranian expansionism has roots in the ideology of the Islamic Revolution, nuances in official Iranian interpretation of Shia Islam, and Iranian security concerns. In 1979, massive protests […]

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The Dangers of an Anxious Iranian Government Perceiving a ‘Psychological War’

October 10, 2012

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From Washington Post

On Tuesday, President Ahmadinejad accused the United States and “internal enemies” of waging a “psychological war” against Iran in an attempt to stop Iranians from ditching the weakening rial for U.S. dollars.  This “war” refers to the significant problems Iran faces, including the U.S.-led economic sanctions, a threatened Israeli military strike, and now internal protests.  […]

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