Fiscal Policy

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GulfCoin: The New Petrodollar?

In financial circles, cryptocurrency is the elephant in the room: Everyone can see it, imposing itself onto the existing order, and yet no one is willing to address it.

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Bahrain’s Road to Economic Reform: One Size Does Not Fit All

Bahrain’s current fiscal situation is evidence that sometimes, even with the right policy mix, generating growth can be difficult.

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UAE Fiscal Policy: Shining Light on Federal Resource Sharing

Government bonds are a popular remedy to budget deficits across the Gulf Cooperation Council states right now.

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Petro Diplomacy: Navigating the New Oil Era

AGSIW's conference, “Petro Diplomacy: Navigating the New Oil Era,” focused on critical issues facing the oil industry against the background of the shifting economic and political landscape in the region.

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The Coming Economic Disorder: The Political Perils of Economic Liberalization in the Gulf

Economic liberalization tends to bring with it social, if not always political, openings. By definition, liberalization challenges existing orders.

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Self-Imposed Barriers to Economic Integration in the GCC

Qatar has lodged a complaint with the World Trade Organization against the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain for blocking its air traffic and increasing the costs of basic food and medicine imports.

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Limited Benefits to U.S. Infrastructure in Saudi PIF Investment

One of the many deals that emerged from U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia last week was the announcement of a $20 billion investment from the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), into Blackstone Group.

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A Conversation with Majid Jafar

As part of its new energy roundtable series, AGSIW was pleased to host a roundtable discussion with Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum, in conversation with Roger Diwan, vice president of IHS Financial Services at IHS Markit.

Energy Roundtable with Majid Jafar

AGSIW was pleased to host a roundtable discussion with Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum, in conversation with Roger Diwan, vice president of IHS Financial Services at IHS Markit.

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Through its careful examination of the forces shaping the evolution of Gulf societies and the new generation of emerging leaders, AGSIW facilitates a richer understanding of the role the countries in this key geostrategic region can be expected to play in the 21st century.

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