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Hafed Al-Ghwell

Hafed Al-Ghwell is a former advisor to the board of directors at the World Bank Group. Twitter: @HafedAlGhwell

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Libya is the country the Arab League forgot

As the Arab League holds its 29th summit today in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, few doubt that the 67-year-old organization is facing one of the most difficult periods in its history.

April 14, 2018

How the Gulf states can lead an Arab renaissance

With their strategic location between East and West and over 364.7 billion barrels of oil exported in 2016 alone, the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)—Saudi Arabia, the regional leader, along with Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE—form one of the richest and most importa

April 07, 2018

Time to stop importing Western solutions to Arab problems

One of the most intractable questions the Arab world has faced in the past 100 years is what pragmatic solution is the best intellectual framework to adopt in order to solve the day-to-day challenges facing its political, economic and social development.

March 31, 2018

We’re still paying the price for the mayhem of 2011

An Egyptian friend of mine from college was doing exceptionally well in 2010 with his property investments and developments in Egypt and Libya. Things were also looking better the following year — and then revolts took place in both countries within a month of each other.

March 24, 2018

Why the Arab world needs to close the gender gap

A new study suggests that at the present rate of progress the Arab region’s 39 percent gender gap compared with other regions of the world will take 356 years to close. 

March 17, 2018