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Gulf Security

Stimson’s scholars examine traditional and non-traditional security issues impacting the Gulf states and their neighbors. In 2016, Stimson is examining the regional security implications of the Iran nuclear negotiations.


Research and Analysis

February 9, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

This week, world leaders are gathering in Dubai for the fourth World Government Summit.

January 5, 2016

The shocking news that Saudi Arabia executed 47 people over the weekend, including Shiite cleric and opposition figure Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, got the new year off to a tense start in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East.

June 18, 2015 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

In the weeks since the Lausanne talks that set a late June goal for a formal agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear activities, the media coverage and political discourse in the United States have resembled a roller-coaster ride, with some shrieks, thrills and stomach lurches.

June 18, 2015 | EXPERT: Geneive Abdo

It is no secret that Iran’s political elites are divided over many issues involving a final deal Iran might strike with the West over its nuclear program. But public opinion favoring an agreement could be a major factor in reaching a positive outcome by the deadline at the end of this month.

May 29, 2015 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

The Rashomon effect, as this phenomenon is often called, was in evidence this month, when reports leading up to and following the U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit earlier this month produced wildly divergent assessments, from total failure to “better than expected.”

May 26, 2015 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

Stimson President and CEO Ellen Laipson discusses the potential for a positive outcome for the Iran nuclear deal and opportunities for cooperation with Iran in the region. "This is a moment of opportunity," said Laipson. "Together, they can reshape the agenda."
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