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Oman After Qaboos: A National and Regional Void

Simon Henderson

The Washington Institute has been sponsoring a series of discussions about sudden succession in the Middle East. Each session focuses on scenarios that might unfold if a specific ruler or leader departed the scene tomorrow. Questions include these: Would the sudden change lead to different policies? Would it affect the...

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Operating in the Gray Zone:
Countering Iran's Asymmetric Way of War

Michael Eisenstadt

The current U.S. approach to Iran, based on overt action, blunt force, and emphatic messaging, entails a heightened potential for escalation. But an alternative approach—one focused on unacknowledged activities, indirection, subtlety, and discreet messaging—could more effectively deter Iran while reducing the risk of further escalation and broader conflict.

In Focus: Preparing for Sudden Succession


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Sudan: The End Comes for Bashir Sudden Succession Essay Series

Alberto Fernandez

The Washington Institute has recently been sponsoring a series of discussions about sudden succession in the Middle East. Each session focuses on scenarios that might unfold if a specific ruler or leader departed the scene tomorrow. Questions include these: Would the sudden change lead to different policies? Would it affect...