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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: 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.
Posted: April 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. cites the envoy's links to the 1979-1981 hostage crisis; The dispute may disrupt delicate negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.
Posted: April 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. OPEC foresees gradual increases from Iraq and Iran, while Libya is capable of boosting output by as much as 1 million barrels within a month, Secretary-General Abdalla El-Badri said.
Posted: March 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. During a meeting at the king's desert compound Obama and Abdullah discussed steps to help opponents of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad while isolating extremists.
Posted: March 27, 2014
UAE. Companies are eager to find out what the temporary relaxation, and the future expected lifting of sanctions, means for accessing the Iranian market.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 19, 2014
KUWAIT. The global Islamic finance industry reached approx. US$1.9 trillion in assets as at end 1H2014; The report analyses the role of Islamic finance in supporting economic growth.
date:Posted: September 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. We have entered a new chapter in the history of central banking. This paradigm shift changes the policy tools that have traditionally defined the sphere of macroeconomic decision-making; We have built an economy that is now so leveraged that it needs zero percent interest rates just to tread water.
date:Posted: September 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. World Bank report spells out the repercussions of the political uncertainty and restrictions on movement and access and recommends remedial actions by all parties.
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia will need to keep cutting oil output to sustain prices above US$100 a barrel, according to BNP Paribas and Societe Generale; "We are swimming in crude, and they know that better than anyone because they are the biggest exporter."
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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