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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 9, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Secularism in the Muslim world appears to be in terminal retreat. The two levels of struggle within that world are, at the top, Sunni versus Shiite, and at the base, complex and interacting factions.
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.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: July 7, 2015
UAE. The price action of Dubai's real estate market will be greatly influenced by the rate of completion of on-going projects. If the rate falls below 60%, the lopsidedness will cause prices to trend upwards.
date:Posted: July 7, 2015
UAE. PA Consulting Group says failure to grasp how to communicate with this entrepreneurial group of people may threaten the survival of organisations reluctant to change; Three-point strategy to help regional employers avoid shortage of new talent in new era of digital revolution.
date:Posted: July 7, 2015
UAE. Central Bank of Malaysia, one of the largest issuers of sukuk worldwide, stopped issuing earlier this year; The pullback saw total sukuk issuance drop by 42.5% compared with the same period a year earlier.
UAE. PA Consulting Group says failure to grasp how to communicate with this entrepreneurial group of people may threaten the survival of organisations reluctant to change; Three-point strategy to help regional employers avoid shortage of new talent in new era of digital revolution.
UAE. The Middle East has a unique set of challenges and opportunities with regard to creating large, mixed-use developments; In this interview, Louise Adams, Aurecon's former Country Manager UAE, describes the importance of investing in master planning and some of the current opportunities and trends within this region.
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