Has the Gulf Cooperation Council Failed?

June 25, 2020

The concept of the Gulf Cooperation Council as a necessary sub-regional institution is coming into question.

Gulf States React to India’s Shift on Kashmir

September 25, 2019

Recent developments in Indian-administered Kashmir have made global headlines. Yet the Gulf Cooperation Council states have reacted to the latest events with silence if not outright support for New Delhi.

Enemies with Benefits: How Israel and Gulf Monarchies Work Together

Amid public pressure, ties between Israel and Gulf monarchies will have to be limited to informal meetings, public denials, middlemen and foreign subsidiary companies. In 1967, when asked “what sequence of events you would like to see now in the Middle East?” Saudi King Faisal bin Abdulaziz...

GCC and China Get Cozy on the Silk Road

December 16, 2015

As ties continue to grow, the GCC is likely to be under intense pressure to delve deeper in China’s Silk Road Initiatives. Since their announcement in late 2013 during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Indonesia and Kazakhstan, the New Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century...

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...

From Sidi Bouzid to Damascus: The Tragedy of the “Spring”

January 09, 2014

Why have the fruits of the "Arab Spring" not been met? Over one year ago, Casper Wuite and I became published authors when our book, The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction, was released. An incredible feat for the two of us aside, the revolts that swept the Middle East and North Africa from...

Gulf Security: A Risky New US-Saudi Blueprint

December 16, 2013

A US-backed Saudi blueprint risks splitting the GCC. In a bid to reassure Gulf states worried about a US-Iranian rapprochement and critical of American Middle East policy, the Obama administration has opted to back Saudi efforts for regional hegemony through greater integration of Gulf military...

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...

Education and Employment: Bridging the Divide (Part 2/2)

September 18, 2013

In the Middle East and North Africa, rates of unemployed young women are eight times that of men. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. As Jamie McAuliffe, president and CEO of Education for Employment (EfE), remarked at the WEF conference in Jordan: “We are trying to get...

Education and Employment: Bridging the Divide (Part 1/2)

September 12, 2013

In the Middle East and North Africa, rates of unemployed young women are eight times that of men. This is the first of a two part series. After more than two years, economic issues raised during the Arab Uprisings are still lingering on government agendas. Along with governance and transparency...

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