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Vision 2030 a milestone in modern Saudi history

  • The country-wide celebrations of Saudi Arabia’s national day on Sunday took place in the context of rapid change in the Kingdom. How does the current moment, marked by the socio-economic reforms projected by Vision 2030, tie in with and stand in comparison to other critical stages of Saudi Arab...
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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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Iraq needs a government to avoid a perfect storm

  • Over the past few decades, critical events in Iraq have invariably had much broader repercussions, with the country being a barometer for many of the major issues affecting the Gulf and the wider region. The present political stalemate, with a severe governance crisis and with regional and US-I...
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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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Hurdles remain on path to Iraqi government formation

  • Iraq’s Supreme Court recently ratified the results of May’s parliamentary elections, following a manual recount triggered by allegations of fraud. With the Sairoon Alliance, backed by populist Shiite preacher Muqtada Al-Sadr, confirmed as the leading bloc with the same 54 seats it won in May, I...
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Venezuela’s state of denial hovers over Turkey 

  • The lira continued in free-fall mode on Monday. Turkey’s currency dropped more than 20 percent following last week’s plunge, setting a new annual low and sending shockwaves throughout emerging markets, from Indonesia to Argentina. Fears that Turkey’s economy is entering a major crisis — of the ...
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Egypt’s construction boom will not be a cure-all

  • As far back as the 1950s, the engaging stories of Najib Mahfouz, the great novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, depicted mundane characters — most often Cairo residents — dealing with the pressures of urban modernization, among other challenges. For anyone visiting Cairo for ...
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Water, energy at heart of Iraq’s governance crisis

  • At first sight, Iraq’s current summer of discontent may not seem a particularly relevant or novel development; large protests in the country have been a regular occurrence for a few years now. The issues stoking the discontent against the political establishment are also worryingly familiar: A...
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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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China’s ‘Marshall Plan’ for the Arab world

  • President Xi Jinping of China last week pledged $20 billion in loans to Arab countries and over $100 million in financial aid to countries in most need, including Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Yemen. China and Arab countries will also set up a consortium of banks to manage a dedicated $...
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