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U.S. President Barack Obama with officials from the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Camp David, Maryland, May 14, 2015 (AP photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais).

The Rashomon Effect: U.S.-Gulf Relations After Camp David Summit

By Ellen Laipson
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There’s a danger of imbuing too much importance to the U.S.-GCC summit earlier this month, but parsing the event is useful in part because it captures the subtle and often contradictory ways the U.S. and GCC find themselves entwined in each other’s national security policies. more


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Jamaica Taking Steps to Expand Its Caribbean Trade Ties

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Earlier this month, Jamaica announced plans to expand regional trade ties through a framework agreement with Cuba and a deal that supplements the existing free trade agreement with Costa Rica. In an interview, Krista Lucenti, an economist with the Inter-American Development Bank, discussed Jamaica’s trade policy. more

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EU Digital Single Market Boon to Tech and Traditional Industries

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Earlier this month the European Union launched its so-called digital single market, which aims to expand Europe’s digital economy through broad reforms. In an email interview, Fabian Zuleeg, the chief executive of the European Policy Center, discussed the impact the new policy could have. more

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Under Pope Francis, Vatican Flexes Its Global Political Muscle

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Earlier this month, the Vatican concluded a treaty that recognizes the state of Palestine, immediately drawing criticism from Israel. In an interview, John L. Allen Jr., an associate editor at Crux and expert on Vatican affairs, discussed the Holy See’s foreign policy under Pope Francis. more

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Djibouti Cultivating Diverse Economic, Military Partnerships

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China is in negotiations with Djibouti to open a military base in the country, adding to its current roster of French, U.S., Japanese and EU military facilities. In an interview, David Styan, lecturer in politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, discussed Djibouti’s foreign relations. more

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Foreign NGOs Hamstrung by Indian Funding Regulations

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Last month, India canceled the licenses of 9,000 charities and NGOs for failing to declare information about foreign donations. In an interview, Noshir H. Dadrawala, CEO of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy, discussed the relationship between foreign NGOs and the Indian government. more

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Senegal Troop Deployment to Saudi Arabia Symbol of Close Ties

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Earlier this month, Senegal’s foreign minister announced that the country was sending 2,100 troops to Saudi Arabia to participate in the coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen. In an interview, Alex Thurston, a visiting associate professor at Georgetown University, discussed Senegal-Saudi ties. more