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 18, 2016
UAE. The disagreement is mainly due to Tehran's resistance to the idea of an output freeze; Saudi Arabia is not willing to do a deal without Iran's participation as this could ignite a market share war.
Posted: April 14, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Despite the impact of low oil prices and civil unrest on many countries in the Middle East, a number of economies have a favourable long-term growth outlook, including the UAE, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
Posted: March 30, 2016
UAE. What immediate effect all this will have on the shipping industry remains to be seen. There may, in the medium term, be a reduction in VLCC rates; But not all restrictions have been removed.
Posted: March 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Domestic companies look for investment/technology/manufacturing process enhancement partners as key drivers of transformational growth in the region.
Posted: February 26, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Prosperity enabled Moscow to spend liberally on its military, its economic development and, more subtly, its loans to countries in exchange for influence.
Posted: February 17, 2016
UAE. With US$600 billion worth of trade expected between Iran and China alone over the next ten years, the UAE is likely to be one of the trading hubs to benefit.
Posted: February 15, 2016
UAE. Join regulatory expert Iain Stewart-Linnhe at Capital Club Dubai on 17 February to tackle the key questions in the ongoing Iran discussion.
Posted: February 12, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. A Syria in which the regime and IS, rather than other rebel groups, are the only real domestic players turns Bashar al-Assad into a pivotal cog in the fight against jihadism. That is something Saudi Arabia cannot allow to happen. To turn the tide, it needs a United States that is engaged and willing to do its bit.
Posted: February 7, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. At the core of Iranian efforts to become a global sports and airline hub will be its willingness to relax strict gender segregation, dress codes and its ban on alcohol.
Posted: February 5, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. "Saudi regional leadership amounts to exploitation of a window of opportunity rather than reliance on the assets and power needed to sustain it. That window of opportunity exists as long as the obvious regional powers - Iran, Turkey and Egypt - are in various degrees of disrepair."
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: 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 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 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 17, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Iran announced Rezaian has been released in a prisoner swap. He should never have been incarcerated in the first place and tried on trumped up charges.