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Brexit’s economic and political effects a puzzle for the GCC too

  • The brittle Brexit process is entering a critical phase. This week’s informal European Council meeting in Salzburg — a gathering of all EU leaders except the UK’s — will be a serious test for the Chequers Brexit plan.  Then, between Sept. 23 and 26, the Labour Party will hold its annual ...
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Yemen’s peace process needs ambition and international pressure

  • Following a two-year hiatus, official UN-led talks involving representatives of Yemen’s internationally recognized government and the Houthis were expected to resume on Thursday in Geneva. But the Houthi delegation did not show up on the day, alleging a lack of means of transportation to reach ...
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Global peacemaker Annan’s frustrating record in the Middle East

  • With its intractable political crises, conflicts, foreign military interventions and human tragedies, the Middle East would always be an inevitable port of call for the late UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. That continued to be the case even after the completion of his second mandate at the hel...
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Stark findings from the Global Innovation Index

  • Until recently, upon arrival at Riyadh airport, while the border officers checked their visas, visitors had the chance to rate the quality of the service in a way that is reminiscent of the sci-fi Netflix series “Black Mirror.” Placed in front of the passport control counters, travellers were f...
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Instability in Iraq shows liberalism’s bumpy road ahead

  • Following parliamentary elections in May that were marred by allegations of fraud, Iraq now finds itself in the middle of a constitutional crisis. A month-and-a-half of backstage talks between Sairoon, the alliance loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr that secured the larger slice of parliame...
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Erdogan era will be defined by Turkish president’s new term

  • Longevity in office is far from telling about the whole story of a leader’s legacy. But, in the case of Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was this week re-elected, longevity is becoming an inescapable marker of what can suitably be called the Erdogan era. Turkey now faces significant...
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Hodeidah assault puts port deal back on the table

  • If a large-scale assault by pro-government and Arab coalition forces on Yemen’s Hodeidah had looked increasingly likely since the beginning of the year, events over the past few days made it inevitable. Hundreds of casualties among Houthi militias were reported earlier this week, and aid groups...
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Debunking the misconceptions surrounding the Gulf crisis

  • The Gulf Cooperation Council’s dispute with Qatar seems to have enough fuel to continue for the foreseeable future. The Qatari authorities recently responded to the commercial boycott imposed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt by blocking commercial imports from all four countries. And...
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Europeans in for a rough ride to keep nuclear deal alive

  • This spring’s political forecasts spelling rough weather for European diplomacy proved accurate. In early May, the months-long efforts by British, French and German officials to keep the US in the nuclear deal with Iran ended in resounding disappointment. With a deep transatlantic crisis in han...
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Why Hodeidah is a critical chapter of the Yemen war

  • According to various reports, the Yemeni military supported by Arab coalition forces is preparing to launch a critical assault to recapture Hodeidah, controlled by the Houthi militia since 2015. A battle for Yemen’s fourth-largest city, home to the country’s largest port strategically located o...
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