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China and the GCC

Chinese Investment in the GCC   Over the past decade, China and the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have been enjoying deeper trade relations. These relations are primarily driven by China’s ever-increasing quest to secure oil imports. China is … Continue reading

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Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA)

Also dubbed the “Arab NATO”, the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) is a proposed regional security alliance promoted by the Trump administration to include the six Gulf Arab states, Jordan and Egypt, in addition to the United States. The foundational … Continue reading

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Oman’s Economy

In Oman, oil has been the main component of the economy since the country started commercial production in 1967. Yet, Oman’s oil revenues are at a modest quantity. In fact, Oman’s Undersecretary for the Ministry of Oil and Gas, HE … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Parties & Military

Since it came to power in a landslide victory in 2002, the AKP has consistently won parliamentary elections up to this date thanks to a number of factors such as improvement in the quality of life of the most downtrodden … Continue reading

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Unrest In Morocco

  Morocco has been rocked by a continuous protest movement since October 2016. It all started when a fish vendor in the northern Rif region was crushed by a garbage truck as he was trying to retrieve his stock of … Continue reading

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Tunisia’s Economic Environment

Since the 2011 Jasmin Revolution, Tunisia’s economy has had to deal with a host of problems arising from political divisions, intermittent terror attacks, and strikes led by unions. These factors have badly affected economic growth and Tunisia’s fiscal deficit. In … Continue reading

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Egypt’s Economic Outlook

  The Egyptian Economic Outlook   In the immediate aftermath of Egypt’s 2011 Arab Spring revolution, the ensuing climate of uncertainty and instability in Egypt paved the way for a challenging macro-economic climate characterized by diminishing foreign direct investment, plummeting … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Elections

Turkish Elections   Turks went to the polls on June 24th to vote for a president and a new parliament. These polls were the first ones after the country transitioned into a presidential system through a referendum held in 2017. … Continue reading

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Recap on Iraq’s Election

  In May 2018, Iraq held its parliamentary elections to elect the 329 members of the Council of Representatives, which is tasked with electing the Iraqi President and Prime Minister. With a turnout rate of only 44.52%, which is the … Continue reading

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Iran: JCPOA Fallout Continued

  After aggressively criticizing the Iran Deal (JCPOA), Trump announced on May 8th America’s withdrawal from it. The JCPOA had been signed in Vienna in 2015 between Tehran and the (5+1). Trump based his justification for his withdrawal on Iran’s … Continue reading

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