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What should new and established Houstonians know about area flooding caused by hurricanes? How can they avoid buying a home in a flood zone or contact the policymakers who decide where development can occur? Rice faculty fellow Jim Blackburn discusses these issues and more in this guide to living with flooding in Houston.
The standoff in the Gulf that commenced May 23 between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) presents the greatest challenge to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) since the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990 and the Gulf War in January–February 1991. The involvement of countries such as Turkey, and potentially Russia and Iran, is likely to widen existing fractures within the GCC and weaken the web of partnerships with Western states that have formed the cornerstone of the post-1991 Gulf security architecture, writes Kristian Coates Ulrichsen in a brief for the Al-Sharq Forum.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become far more assertive in regional and international policymaking in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Over the past decade, the UAE has increasingly become a contributor to, rather than merely a consumer of, regional security structures — not only in the Gulf, but also in the broader Middle East region. In a report for the Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen explores how these foreign policy transformations have resulted in power shifts within the Gulf Cooperation Council and contributed to the ongoing diplomatic crisis with Qatar.