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 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.
Posted: January 15, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The event location of this unique environmental gala is the Milad Tower in Tehran; TV gala is broadcast worldwide and seen by around a billion people.
Posted: January 15, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The effect from the brewing conflict on oil is murky, but for now it is not having a bullish impact. That is because the global glut in oil supplies loom larger than any potential for a supply disruption; But what if the current "Cold War" between Saudi Arabia and Iran turned hot?
Posted: January 13, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. "If Iran is unable to protect embassies, how will it protect stadiums? We demand that the Saudi and Iranian teams play in a neutral country."
Posted: January 11, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. "Iran has to make a decision whether it is a nation state or a revolution. If it's a nation state it should act like one, and be a rational actor, that countries can deal with."
Posted: January 6, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Global economic weakness and the glut in oil supplies will continue to weigh on crude. At this point, only tension in the Middle East is providing a bit of a lift to oil markets, but even that won't be enough to push up prices in any lasting way.
Posted: January 5, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The U.S.-Russia standoff, surging nationalism in Europe, Turkey's re-emergence, low oil prices, falling Chinese consumption, military campaigns against the Islamic State and other geopolitical currents will tie in to and feed off of one another.
date:Posted: December 9, 2016
UAE. Insurers have been prompted to prepare for the effects that VAT and changes to international financial reporting standards (IFRS) will have on their industry as well as assessing the impact of new insurance regulations that came into effect earlier this year.
date:Posted: December 7, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Will this be the year when China exceeds growth expectations, Brexit turns into Bremain, the Mexican peso soars and Italian banks turn out to the best performing equity asset class?