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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: July 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. At a time when reasonable people thought that the fighting had been contained in Iraq and elsewhere in the region, they have discovered that there was no basis for that assumption.
Posted: June 26, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Neither the Syrian regime nor the rebels that oppose it stand to gain a decisive advantage from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant's recent actions in Iraq. As things stand now, the primary beneficiary will be ISIL itself.
Posted: June 19, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Iraq was facing a full-scale civil war with grave consequences for the wider region and that outside powers should not intervene.
Posted: June 18, 2014
IRAN."We warn the great powers and their lackeys and the terrorists, the great Iranian people will do everything to protect them," he said, naming the sites of the shrines in an emotive speech.
Posted: June 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Whether by mere coincidence, strategic design or a blend of the two, there are as many winners as there are losers in the Iraq game. Russia knows this game well. The United States, the heir to the Sykes-Picot map, will be forced to learn it fast.
Posted: June 17, 2014
UAE. Sanction relaxation could transform domestic energy supply; Companies must safeguard against bribery and corruption, say experts at law firm Pinsent Masons.
Posted: June 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The prospect of cooperation between the U.S. and Iran shows how dramatically the ISIL advance has redrawn the map of Middle East alliances.
Posted: June 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "If we see that the United States takes action against terrorist groups in Iraq, then one can think about it," Rouhani said.
Posted: June 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "We can work with Americans to end the insurgency in the Middle East," a senior Iranian official said, referring to events in Iraq. "We are very influential in Iraq, Syria and many other countries."
Posted: June 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would try to secure a deal in negotiations with world powers on its long-running nuclear dispute.
Posted: May 13, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. "We will talk with them in the hope that if there are any differences, they will be settled to the satisfaction of both countries," Prince Saud al-Faisal said.
Posted: May 13, 2014
UAE. The IPC is expected to be formally inaugurated in London by the end of 2014; It has been introduced in the wake of the limited easing of sanctions on Iran which came into effect in January.
Posted: May 1, 2014
UAE. The event will take place in Dubai on 28 of May 2014; expert speakers from the US, Iran and the GCC will share the latest updates; Over 150 executives from across the GCC have already confirmed their participation.
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 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. IHS examines three economic growth scenarios dependent on P5+1 outcome; 1.5% rise forecast for FY 2014/2015 after prolonged contraction.

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date:Posted: September 30, 2014
IRAQ. The UN estimates land under IS control accounts for as much as 40% of Iraq's annual production of wheat, one of the country's most important food staples alongside barley and rice.
date:Posted: September 30, 2014
UAE. Bayt.com survey reveals that 78% consider meetings to be great for decision-making; Meetings in MENA workplaces often have agendas distributed in advance, according to 80% of respondents, and tend to start on scheduled time (according to 88%).
date:Posted: September 29, 2014
UAE. Country assessment ranked at A3 by Coface; 5% growth projected for 2014; Business climate favourable with the new companies' law improving transparency; Debt profile improves, financing needs of GREs continue.
UAE. Bayt.com survey reveals that 78% consider meetings to be great for decision-making; Meetings in MENA workplaces often have agendas distributed in advance, according to 80% of respondents, and tend to start on scheduled time (according to 88%).
INTERNATIONAL. Bitcoin has followed a volatile path to growing acceptance since its creation in 2009; In this interview finance expert Arturo Bris analyses the risks associated with bitcoin.
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