Oman

Roundtable With Ambassador Leslie M. Tsou, U.S. Ambassador to Oman

As part of its Ambassadors Series, AGSIW hosted a discussion with Ambassador Leslie M. Tsou, U.S. ambassador to Oman.

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Oman’s VAT Implementation Is Necessary and Not Enough

If Omanis aren’t ready to shoulder a 5% VAT, then they have a long, bumpy economic road ahead of them.

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Abdullah Al Bahrani: Bringing Economic Education and Financial Literacy to Young Omanis

Through YouTube videos, podcasts, and innovative educational programs, an Omani microeconomist encourages informed discussion about key issues of diversification and youth employment.

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Strategic Interests Drive Gulf Policy Toward Syria

Many Gulf states have shifted course on Syria, prioritizing concerns over growing Iranian and Turkish influence.

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Popular Omani Novel Joins Others Exploring Gulf States’ Shift to Modernity

In the year that saw the passing of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, an award-winning Omani novel catches fire in book clubs as it explores the tensions and hopes beneath the surface of the extraordinary changes that the sultan brought to the country.

Oman One Year On

On January 12, AGSIW hosted a panel analyzing the challenges facing, and the strategic responses of, Oman's new sultan.

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Oman’s Tradition of Environmental Protection Runs Into Economic Headwinds

The Omani government’s focus on protecting the natural environment and wildlife goes back decades, but a shift in authorities might jeopardize the country’s progress toward advancing its national climate strategy.

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Oman’s Economic Reforms Struggle To Keep Pace With Mounting Challenges

The unpredicted fallout from the coronavirus pandemic shortly after the new sultan ascended the throne not only raises the stakes associated with reform implementation but also will test the population’s ability to shoulder new economic burdens.

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Gulf States’ Climate Change Policies Amid a Global Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic represents an opportunity to reevaluate existing policies and tools, and climate change provides the needed lens for redirecting development onto sustainable trajectories.

Oman Restructures Government in Bid To Revive Economy

Sultan Haitham’s 28 royal decrees aim to centralize and empower the government, but they are only the beginning of reforms in the sultanate.

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