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Giorgio Cafiero
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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 the Middle East Institute, Gulf International Forum, Inside Arabia, and The New Arab. He frequently appears on Al Jazeera, TRT World, BBC Persian, and other networks as a commentator. Mr. Cafiero has taken part in dozens of closed-door meetings with high-ranking government officials, ambassadors, and other diplomats in Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Throughout his career, he has spoken about Gulf issues at conferences and delivered lectures on the region in Egypt, Slovenia, and the United States. Mr. Cafiero received an M.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego.
Why China seeks an Iran nuclear deal
Beijing has compelling reasons to prevent the Iran nuclear deal from collapse, and they mainly concern China's need for stability in the Persian Gulf
BY Giorgio Cafiero and Emily Milliken Aug 04, 2022
Biden in Jeddah: mending fences, not building bridges
President Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia will likely end in face saving gestures, but no major geopolitical concessions
BY Giorgio Cafiero and Kristian Alexander Jul 12, 2022
Defying US Caesar Act, China admits Syria into BRI
Syria’s entry into China's Belt and Road Initiative is to support its economic integration into West Asia and fortify its post-conflict recovery
BY Giorgio Cafiero Jan 14, 2022
Aoun’s trip to Qatar cannot change Lebanon’s fortunes; for that, he must look further east
Lebanese President Michel Aoun's trip to Qatar for help can only be a placebo for his country's woes. To jumpstart Lebanon's recovery, he needs to be prepared to realign with new regional actors.
BY Giorgio Cafiero Dec 05, 2021
Qatar’s first-ever election unsettles its neighbors 
Qatar's maiden Shura Council elections are being heavily scrutinized for their potential domestic and regional ramifications. While voter eligibility criteria has caused ripples within the country, some Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) neighbors fear the Qatari vote will widen demands for representative government among their own citizens.
BY Giorgio Cafiero Aug 19, 2021