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Trade Wars and Bond-Offs: Side Effects of Tariffs and Tactical Borrowing Hit the Gulf

There are simultaneous efforts by Qatar and Saudi Arabia to attract investors for new bond issues this week. The “bond-off,” or race to sale, is yet a new example of the use of economic means to achieve political ends.

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UAE and the Horn of Africa: A Tale of Two Ports

On February 22, Djibouti seized control of the Doraleh Container Terminal from its joint owner and operator, the Dubai-based DP World.

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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.

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Crises in Iraq and Iran Support Higher Global Oil Prices

Geopolitical tensions in Iraq and Iran are supporting already strong oil markets led higher by seasonally robust demand and production cuts by the OPEC and non-OPEC alliance.

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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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Enter Erdogan: Turkey’s Economic Stake in the GCC Dispute

On the heels of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced plans to visit Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

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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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Pricing the Trump Risk in Gulf Economies

U.S. financial markets reacted swiftly to the weekend’s flurry of mixed messages generated by President Donald J.

Smart(er) Money in the Gulf

The fiscal retrenchment unfolding across the Gulf Cooperation Council since the advent of lower oil prices in late 2014 is bound to have effects on the deployment of Gulf capital, particularly via sovereign wealth funds and state-owned investments.

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