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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 19, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. What we are seeing now are fundamental re-emerging realities: Europe is a highly fragmented collection of nation-states. China contains its centrifugal forces through a powerful and repressive government in Beijing. Russia is neither an equal of the U.S. nor a helpless cripple to be ignored or tutored. And the map of the Middle East, created by the Ottomans and the Europeans, has hidden underlying forces that are rearing their heads.
Posted: May 15, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "So long as extremist factions within the Islamic republic hold key policy making positions, no meaningful reforms are possible within this regime," says Dr. Behrooz Behbudi.
Posted: May 14, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The Alpine Eternity, a 29,130 gross tonnes oil products tanker, has safely reached the UAE port of Jebel Ali after coming under attack in the Gulf, its manager said
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.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: May 22, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The minutes basically unofficially confirmed that there are only the slimmest of chances for a US interest rate increase next month.
date:Posted: May 21, 2015
UAE. New study conducted by YouGov and commissioned by the social enterprise C3 reveals the impact of CSR programs on UAE residents; Around three-quarters of residents are more likely to purchase from companies that actively contribute to the community.
date:Posted: May 20, 2015
UAE. According to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group, 33% of consumers would rather accept a 20% reduction in salary than give up their mobile phone; SME mobile leaders in emerging markets are leapfrogging older generations of technology still widely used in developed markets.
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