Oman’s Burgeoning Private Sector: An Inside Perspective

April 10, 2014

Quality education is fundamental to boost a country's economic performance. Over the past few years, the Sultanate of Oman has maintained an increasing growth rate and registered a mounting budget deficit against a backdrop of rising oil prices. As a middle-income economy, Oman relies heavily on...

Iraq: Sectarianism, Oil and the War in Syria (Part 2/2)

March 24, 2014

Maliki treats the breakdown of order in Iraq as a challenge to his rule. Iraq, a founding member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), has large oil reserves which are unevenly spread across the country. As of January 2013, it also held...

The Middle East Economy: Between Oil Wealth and Youth Unemployment

November 11, 2013

In the Middle East, political regimes and economic performance are intertwined par excellence. Background The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) provides a highly diverse picture of economic structures and characteristics. Its far from uniform regional economic structure can be traced back to...