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Oman Jump-Starts Its Slow-Moving Technology Initiatives

Advancing Oman’s technology initiatives can help the government address economic challenges that have assumed a new degree of urgency following the coronavirus outbreak and oil price collapse.

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Mental Health in the Gulf: Reforms and Challenges

While youth-led awareness campaigns and public health education are shifting the landscape of mental health care in the Gulf, sociocultural challenges persist.

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Populism on the Rise in Kuwait as Elections Loom

Under the strain of the coronavirus pandemic and the political imperatives of upcoming elections, populism is raging in Kuwait. It colors public discourse high and low, from elite campaigns to root out corruption to grassroot demands to expel guest workers.

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What Iran’s Military Journals Reveal About the Role of Missiles in Strategic Deterrence

A pilot survey of Imam Hussein University academic journals shows the limits of academic freedom in the Islamic Republic, save a few pieces reflecting the Iranian leadership’s view of the role of missiles in strategic deterrence.

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Constants in Iran’s Security Policy Under the Pahlavi Regime and the Islamic Republic

Survival supersedes ideology, and the ruling elites of the Islamic Republic find themselves adhering to the constants in security policy of a predecessor they vilify.

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Houthis’ Approach to Coronavirus Designed to Benefit Movement’s Elite

Donors’ efforts are needed to ensure access to coronavirus assistance is open to all citizens without discrimination, lest they risk exacerbating social bias and inequality in an already frail country.

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How Oil Sanctions Spurred Iran to Reconsider Regional Trade

For those seeking pathways to stable economic growth in the Middle East, developments in Iran may serve as a model – Iran represents the first major oil producer in the Middle East to transition to overall dependence on non-oil exports.

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Hidden Hands or Inspiring Example? Gulf Perspectives on the “American Spring”

Media outlets in the Gulf Arab states have offered considerable coverage and commentary about the ongoing protests against police violence and systemic racism in the United States.

China Strengthens its Presence in Gulf Renewable Energy

The global economic slowdown presents Chinese entities with a cost-effective opportunity to expand investments in strategic sectors across the Gulf region.

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