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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: May 7, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The release follows after the seizure of the ship by Iran on April 28 whilst sailing in the Strait of Hormuz on a commercial voyage from Jeddah to Jebel Ali.
Posted: April 16, 2015
UAE. The UAE is a typical example of how the growth of talents and skills is key to improving competitiveness; Algeria, Libya and Yemen rank in the bottom quartile globally, while most of the GCC countries rank among the top quartile globally.
Posted: April 15, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Iran said on Wednesday it would only accept a deal over its contested nuclear program if world powers simultaneously lifted all sanctions imposed on it.
Posted: April 15, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The current balancing act in the Middle East represents a fundamental rebalancing of American strategy. It is still clumsy and poorly thought out, but it is happening. And for the rest of the world, the idea that the Americans are coming will become more and more rare.
Posted: April 11, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. With the huge reduction in its revenues and growing discomfort among its members such as Venezuela, Libya and Nigeria over its current production levels, is OPEC really getting weaker?
Posted: April 9, 2015
IRAN. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in remarks published on his official website Thursday that he "is neither for nor against" the deal.
Posted: April 9, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The current offer will delay but eventually confirm Iran's future nuclear weapon capability as the deal allows Iran to use enhanced nuclear purification methods after the time period of 10 years (tentative).
Posted: April 9, 2015
IRAN. Since the preliminary agreement was reached, Iran and the U.S. seem to have different interpretations over some issues, including the pace and extent of sanctions removal.
Posted: April 7, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The Russian plan all along was not to help Iran get the bomb, but to use its leverage with a thorny player in the Middle East to get the United States into a negotiation on issues vital to Russia's national security interests.
Posted: April 3, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The tentative agreement clears the way for negotiations on a settlement aimed at allaying Western fears that Iran was seeking to build an atomic bomb and in return lift economic sanctions.
Posted: April 2, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Major powers and Iran negotiated into the early hours of Thursday two days past their deadline; prospects were finely balanced between success and collapse.
Posted: April 1, 2015
UAE. Investment bank focused on emerging markets asserts that Dubai could also be a beneficiary, as multinational companies could use the emirate as their hub for Iran opportunities.
Posted: April 1, 2015
INTERNATIONAL.The US said not all issues had been agreed yet, as discussions were suspended for the night; Officials continued working through the night as they missed a midnight (2200 GMT) deadline.
Posted: March 31, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Washington is moving away from the strategy it has followed since the early 2000s - of being the prime military force in regional conflicts - and is shifting the primary burden of fighting to regional powers while playing a secondary role.
Posted: March 14, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The radical religious ideology that the Islamic republic leaders have followed towards Iran's neighbours has become one of the root causes of many of the calamities that the Middle East region is currently facing.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 4, 2015
UAE. The Middle East's 16 largest centres of economic growth could have substantial risk from a series of threats over the next decade, according to research for Lloyd's.
date:Posted: September 4, 2015
IRAQ. Iraq benefits from massive oil reserves and exports; Projected large increases in production will support economic growth and help alleviate fiscal and external pressures.
date:Posted: September 4, 2015
EGYPT. A new IFC-supported report by Wamda Research Lab finds that although support for start-ups has grown substantially, many challenges remain, hindering job creation and economic growth.
EGYPT. A new IFC-supported report by Wamda Research Lab finds that although support for start-ups has grown substantially, many challenges remain, hindering job creation and economic growth.
INTERNATIONAL. Suspected anchors on the gold price, such as an interest rate increase and devaluation of the yuan, could actually be a rallying cry for commodities, he says in this interview with The Gold Report.
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