Political Economy

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The Power of Positive Diplomacy: Saudi Outreach in Iraq since 2014

One of the most important and least understood aspects of Saudi Arabia’s evolving proactive foreign and regional policy is its campaign of diplomatic and political outreach in Iraq.

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Competing Megaprojects in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia

During the March 25 Kuwait Investment Forum, Kuwaiti government officials reaffirmed the country’s commitment to develop the Silk City (Madinat al-Harir) megaproject and establish an integrated economic zone on five uninhabited Kuwaiti islands.

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Reform Fatigue in Gulf Energy?

Grand reform plans underway in the Gulf region, typified by Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Program and Vision 2030, give an impression of fast movement.

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Resurgent Shale Set to Give Way to Stronger Demand for OPEC Crude Post-2020

OPEC may need to maintain crude oil supplies at current lower levels for longer than planned, as surging U.S. shale oil dominates global oil markets for the next several years, according to a new report from the IEA.

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MbS Trip Will Test Strength of Resurgent U.S.-Saudi Ties

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will begin his first visit to the United States as presumptive heir to the throne; it comes at a crucial time, with Saudi social and political changes and economic reform gaining steam and Trump administration policies toward Iran growing more confrontational.

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Squaring Circles? Tillerson's Failed Middle East Sojourn

Before he headed to the Middle East on his five-country journey, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was preparing himself for an unpleasant encounter with an angry Turkish president, a sullen Egyptian president, and a tight-fisted international community gathered in Kuwait clearly reluctant to commit billions of dollars to rebuild Iraq.

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The Looming E-Battle in the Gulf

Discussions between Amazon Web Services and Saudi Arabia to establish a direct presence in the country forecast a broader commercial struggle for control over the e-commerce market in Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

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Turkey-GCC Trade and Business Relations: Banking and Finance Sector Engagement

Financial ties between Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and Turkey mutually support economic growth and diversification.

Qatar Crisis Slips Down Saudi Priority List

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) is a busy man.

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