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: February 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Open Europe gives its initial assessment of the draft proposal tabled by European Council President Donald Tusk today.
Posted: February 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The visible clash of interests from various cartel members combined with an appreciating Dollar has added to oil's woes consequently obstructing any opportunity for a recovery in prices.
Posted: February 1, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. France is often seen as the black sheep of Europe. However, all is not gloomy. Looking more closely, we see that France is very resilient and has numerous strengths.
Posted: January 30, 2016
QATAR. The risk-benefit analysis of China's devaluation suggests that a small, controlled devaluation could benefit Chinese exports and growth. But this needs to be done without triggering a large devaluation or a currency crisis in China with unpredictable repercussions.
Posted: January 29, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. President Xi Jinping's visit to the Middle East saw the signing of billiions of dollars worth of agreements with Saudi Arabia and Egypt and a ten-fold expansion of trade with Iran. The significance may go far beyond commerce as Chinese interests align more with Iranian interests.
Posted: January 29, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. The Sniper ATP Expanded Repair Capability center provides sustainment support for Sniper ATPs. Due to its in-Kingdom location, the center helps expedite repair times, improving fleet readiness.
Posted: January 27, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Two years' gains wiped out in three weeks!; People are worrying too much about China; Focus should be on central bank divergence; Recovery requires a weaker US dollar.
Posted: January 27, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Notwithstanding the Iran deal, Tehran remains determined to acquire nuclear weapons and views the deal only as a temporary strategic pause.
Posted: January 27, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. "I understood that stimulus in the form of zero percent interest rates and QE is not a means to jump start an economy and restore health, but a one-way cul-de-sac of addiction and dependency."
Posted: January 26, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. This process will have a dramatic, but, as yet, undetermined impact on the already fractured Middle East and on the increasingly connected global economy.
Posted: January 26, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. Event comes at a crucial juncture for Saudi Arabia, which has announced plans to accelerate economic reforms to diversify its economy, and reduce its reliance on oil revenue.
Posted: January 24, 2016
QATAR. The 15 recommendations that the OECD made in its Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) reports last year are expected to change the taxation landscape in the region; "This will affect future information reporting in Qatar, if not the way that taxable income is determined."
Posted: January 23, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. "It's going to come to a point where there is just going to be no real economical benefit to any kind of production staying at any kind of level in those countries. And once they come off, that's going to obviously support oil prices."
Posted: January 22, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. Red Sea region is the fastest growing emerging market in the world; Geneva-based non-profit think tank will promote international cooperation and develop policy recommendations.
Posted: January 22, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Are the biggest forex reserves in the world still high enough to sustain the economic leviathan, or has the balance tipped beyond the point of no return?

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: February 9, 2016
UAE. The YPO Global Pulse Confidence Index for the Middle East and North Africa declined for the fifth consecutive quarter, falling nearly one point to 56.4, below the global confidence level of 58.0; Economic confidence in the UAE fell 7.2 points to 50.3, its lowest score in the six-year history of the index.
date:Posted: February 9, 2016
UAE. Headline seasonally adjusted Emirates NBD Dubai Economy Tracker Index registers 50.7; Modest increases in output and employment; New business volumes rise at slowest pace since February 2010; Construction is the weakest performing sub-sector.
date:Posted: February 8, 2016
UAE. KPMG's inaugural "Variables for Sustained Growth" (VSG) Index tracks some of the most important factors that support economic performance in 181 countries; UAE ranks 24 based on metrics including infrastructure development, education and strength of public institutions.
UAE. The YPO Global Pulse Confidence Index for the Middle East and North Africa declined for the fifth consecutive quarter, falling nearly one point to 56.4, below the global confidence level of 58.0; Economic confidence in the UAE fell 7.2 points to 50.3, its lowest score in the six-year history of the index.
INTERNATIONAL. "It's going to come to a point where there is just going to be no real economical benefit to any kind of production staying at any kind of level in those countries. And once they come off, that's going to obviously support oil prices."
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