Business Should Step in on Behalf of Migrant Workers in the Gulf

November 11, 2015

The rights abuse that migrant workers face in the Gulf is a classic case of collective action failure. No one can deny the benefits of urban development and modernization, which can lift people out of poverty, create affordable housing and inspire flourishing arts and cultural scenes. Ambitious...

Qatari Labor Law is Too Little, Too Late

October 28, 2015

Amid domestic and international pressure, Qatar has failed to radically reform its sponsorship system. Never missing an opportunity to shoot itself in the foot, Qatar has adopted a new law that is likely to convince critics that it aims to put a friendly face on its kafala (sponsorship) system,...

World Cup Sparks Labor Reform, But Not in Qatar

October 07, 2015

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...