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
UAE. Gender diversity and improving social conditions driving adult female participation in the GCC's labour force to reach 32% in 2015, revealed an Al Masah Capital Report on "GCC Women - Entrepreneurs in a New Economy".
INTERNATIONAL. Unless distrust, insecurity, and illusions are first addressed, no incentives- however sweeping and compelling- will motivate Israel and the Palestinians to make the critical concessions needed to reach a peace agreement.