Tag: Gulf Cooperation Council

How Qatar Manages Economic Growth and CO2 Emissions

How Qatar Manages Economic Growth and CO2 Emissions

The linkage between economic growth and environmental degradation is a well-known topic. The burning question has become whether there is a trade-off between sustaining economic activities and maintaining the conditions of natural resources, or whether economic growth can go in harmony along with...

How China’s Growing Dominance Will Impact Sino-Gulf Relations

How China’s Growing Dominance Will Impact Sino-Gulf Relations

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves through energy markets. Since March 2020, lockdowns around the world have led adults to work remotely and children to learn virtually. Last year, according to estimates, global energy demand and investment fell by 5% and 18%, respectively. Yet as...

What the End of the Gulf Crisis Means

What the End of the Gulf Crisis Means

The Gulf Cooperation Council's al-Ula summit in January was a historic moment in relations between Gulf Arab states. Antonino Occhiuto of Gulf State Analytics discusses the factors that led to the lifting of the blockade on Qatar and geopolitical implications for the wider region.

Restricting Freedoms in the Fight Against COVID-19

Restricting Freedoms in the Fight Against COVID-19

All over the world, COVID-19 has challenged governments to address the pandemic in manners that earn them the confidence of their citizens. In the Arab region, where authoritarian governance is the norm, many statesmen are looking to China as a model for coping with the disease.

Welcome to the New Middle East

Welcome to the New Middle East

The fallout from the September attack on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil facilities is continuing to reverberate throughout the Middle East, sidelining old enmities — sometimes for new ones — and re-drawing traditional alliances. While Turkey’s recent invasion of northern Syria is...

John Bolton’s Arab Army

John Bolton’s Arab Army

Make no mistake about it, John Bolton wants regime change in Iran. Donald Trump’s foreign policy approach to the Middle East, such as it is, is a wild zigzag of a ride that is now being driven largely by his national security adviser, John Bolton. Bolton’s grand idée fixe is to effect...

Education is the Key to a Healthier UAE

Education is the Key to a Healthier UAE

What is the UAE doing to combat its growing obesity epidemic? How can health education develop a public health infrastructure based on prevention? In 2011, Forbes ranked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) number 18 on a list of countries with the highest obesity rates, estimating that 68.3% of the...

GCC and China Get Cozy on the Silk Road

GCC and China Get Cozy on the Silk Road

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...

World Cup Sparks Labor Reform, But Not in Qatar

World Cup Sparks Labor Reform, But Not in Qatar

To many in the Gulf, labor reform is a Pandora’s Box—particularly with much-needed economic reforms ahead of a post-oil age. The 2022 FIFA World Cup may be sparking social change in the Gulf, but not (yet) in Qatar. Qatar’s winning of the hosting rights for the World Cup gave human rights...

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