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Morocco’s language lesson to boost prosperity

  • Of the many indicators used to measure a country’s prospects for development, perhaps the most overlooked is that of language. Across the world, governments looking to secure competitive advantages are facing critical decisions about linguistic policies. This is nowhere more so than in Morocc...
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Strength in unity is the way forward for the GCC

  • An organization that is entering its fifth decade has, much like a person, a lot of experience to work from but also a great deal to plan for. In 1981, the Gulf’s emirs and sheikhs set aside centuries of rivalries and enmities to club together to contain post-revolutionary Iran. Sheikh Zayed ...
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Boris on the brink (again)

  • After a succession of public relations debacles in recent weeks, Boris Johnson’s government in the UK now faces a rebellion in the House of Commons over proposed new COVID restrictions. With cases doubling every three days, the government has called for working from home again and for face ma...
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France’s faltering international influence

  • After dozens of people died when their dinghy sank in the English Channel last month, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote an open letter to French President Emmanuel Macron. Blowing away the collegiality of the memo, Macron responded with his now customary bluster, criticizing the UK and igno...
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Pressure mounts as Britain tires of PM’s comedy of errors

  • Just two months after the defeat of Nazi Germany, Winston Churchill, the British leader whose stubborn stoicism helped to galvanize the war effort, was voted out of office. The British public, grateful to their prime minister for seeing them through the conflict, felt that a Labour government w...
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UK admiral’s key role reflects global naval renaissance

  • Adm. Sir Tony Radakin is no average naval officer. Having studied law alongside his Royal Navy career, he qualified as a barrister and was subsequently called to the bar. Despite reaching the lofty rank of first sea lord, a title which predates that of prime minister by two centuries, this most...
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The Gulf’s special challenge on climate change

  • For decades, the Gulf states have enjoyed an oversized role in global energy markets owing to their status as producers, petrodollars having simultaneously encouraged staggering energy inefficiencies at home. As the world works toward the aims of the Paris Agreement on climate change, how the G...
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Harnessing the people’s strength key to Afghanistan’s future

  • Lyse Doucett, the BBC’s chief international correspondent, last week joined the ranks of those lamenting recent events in Afghanistan with a poignant “Love Letter to Kabul.” The gesture echoed the mood among many that, with the return of the Taliban, the country’s diversity and rich heritage, w...
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Time running out for Kais Saied to fix Tunisia’s economy

  • Nine governments in 10 years, the worst COVID-19 experience in the region and a collapsing economy make up the legacy of the so-called Arab Spring in Tunisia. It was, therefore, no surprise that, when President Kais Saied last month sent a tank to bar the doors of parliament, thousands of Tunis...
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Beirut violence shows the Taif Agreement is dead

  • The Beirut Port blast, one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history, was the horrific climax to successive failures of the Lebanese state. Last week, as a judicial probe into the oversights that led to the disaster continued to condemn those responsible, violence erupted in the Lebanese...
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