Politics & Economics

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Posted: 19-07-2011
INTERNATIONAL. Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian Gulf region. The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran and too distracted to develop one, is struggling to navigate Iraq’s fractious political landscape in search of a deal that would allow Washington to keep a meaningful military presence in the country beyond the end-of-2011 deadline stipulated by the current Status of Forces Agreement. At the same time, Saudi Arabia, dubious of U.S. capabilities and intentions toward Iran, appears to be inching reluctantly toward an accommod
Posted: April 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The credit agency cut Russia's rating to BBB- from BBB, in a move that underscores risks from President Vladimir Putin's policy of intervention in Ukraine.
Posted: April 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to non-violence, recognition of the state of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties."
Posted: April 24, 2014
UAE. As of March 2014, and including the recent issuance, we estimate the government debt stood at US$54.8 billion (55.9% of GDP), compared to US$50.5 billion (55.5% of GDP) in the same period of last year.
Posted: April 23, 2014
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed his Egyptian counterpart of the decision, which will help Egypt's counter-terrorism operations in the Sinai Peninsula, the Pentagon said.
Posted: April 23, 2014
LEBANON. Leading candidate Samir Geagea, supported by the March 14 political bloc, won 48 votes in a session attended by 124 parliamentarians, falling well short of the required two-thirds majority.
Posted: April 23, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Oman's plan to build a US$1 billion natural-gas pipeline from Iran is the latest sign that Saudi Arabia is failing to bind its smaller Gulf neighbours into a tighter bloc united in hostility to the Islamic Republic.
Posted: April 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "You face very daunting problems, and some might say, humiliating threats," Biden said, adding that the poll set for May 25 could be "the most important election in Ukrainian history".
Posted: April 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The infrastructure bottlenecks need to be resolved urgently if the U.S as a whole is set to reap the benefits of the shale boom in the form of cheap and widely available gas.
Posted: April 21, 2014
SYRIA. Syria set a presidential election for June 3, preparing the ground for leader Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power.
Posted: April 21, 2014
UAE. Qatar's economy is predicted to grow by 6.0%, Saudi Arabia by 4.3% and the UAE by 4.1% in 2014; The key challenge for the GCC remains continuing to diversify its economies and invest in its growing non-oil sectors.
Posted: April 21, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. GCC focused on targeting greater diversification in non-oil sectors.
Posted: April 19, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "It does not depend on us. Or does not only depend on us. It depends on our partners."
Posted: April 19, 2014
LIBYA. Abdulmagid Breish, the chairman of Libya's US$66 billion sovereign wealth fund, said it plans to hire external companies to manage about US$11 billion of its assets under a restructuring plan.
Posted: April 18, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The GCC said in a statement that foreign ministers of the six-member body had met in Riyadh for a comprehensive review of measures used to implement foreign and security policies.
Posted: April 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "All sides must refrain from any violence, intimidation or provocative actions," said a joint statement released after the four foreign ministers met in Geneva.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 24, 2014
UAE. As of March 2014, and including the recent issuance, we estimate the government debt stood at US$54.8 billion (55.9% of GDP), compared to US$50.5 billion (55.5% of GDP) in the same period of last year.
date:Posted: April 23, 2014
UAE. Managing an internationally mobile workforce can be challenging, particularly as home country and host country laws can be vastly different; Legal compliance with local laws may mean that it is not possible to impose global policies on the workforce.
date:Posted: April 22, 2014
UAE. "Adapt to Survive", a global study by PwC, commissioned by LinkedIn, reveals the economic impact of not having the right people in the right jobs.
INTERNATIONAL. The credit agency cut Russia's rating to BBB- from BBB, in a move that underscores risks from President Vladimir Putin's policy of intervention in Ukraine.
INTERNATIONAL. It's now up to the new government to get real shale development in motion, and for Turkey to face up to its own strategic realities and join forces with Ukraine to harness LNG potential.
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