Giorgio Cafiero is the CEO and founder of Gulf State Analytics, a geopolitical risk consultancy based in Washington, DC. His research interests include geopolitical and security trends in the Arabian Peninsula and the broader Middle East. Mr. Cafiero is a regular contributor to several publications including Al Monitor, The National Interest, and LobeLog. From 2014-2015, he was an analyst at Kroll, an investigative due diligence consultancy. He received an M.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego.

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A Question for Washington: Who in the GCC Finances Terrorism?

  • The Islamic State’s New Realities

  • The GCC’s View of “One Belt, One Road”

  • Can Trump And Erdogan Agree to Disagree on Syria’s Kurds?

  • Why Bahrain Prefers Trump over Obama

  • Russia and the UAE: Friends with Benefits

  • Trump and the Yemeni Quagmire

  • GCC Hopes for More from Trump on Syria

  • Trump Administration Sees Bahraini Crisis Through Saudi Lens

  • King Salman’s Return to Brunei Two Decades Later

  • Japan’s Important Role in Saudi’s Vision 2030

  • The Security and Geopolitical Dimensions of Italy-GCC Relations

  • China Eyes Qatar in its Quest to Build a New Silk Road

  • Will the Saudis Deploy Ground Forces to Syria?

  • Can Tourism Save Oman from Cheap Oil?

  • Saudi Arabia’s Anti-Terror ‘Coalition’ is a House of Cards

  • Saudi Arabia and Pakistan’s Evolving Alliance

  • Turkey, Qatar and a Failing Syria Policy

  • U.S. and Iranian Interests in Syria

  • The UAE’s High Stakes in Yemen

  • Iran Exposes the Myth of GCC Unity

  • Can France Become Saudi Arabia’s Closest Ally?

  • While the Saudis Go to War Abroad, Homefront is Simmering

  • Islamic State Attacks Kuwait

  • Baqir al-Nimr’s Death Sentence Could Inflame Middle East Tensions

  • Bahrain’s Daesh Dilemma

  • Syria’s Civil War, Assad and the Palestinians

  • Burkina Faso’s “West African Spring”

  • Hamas and Hezbollah at Loggerheads over Syria