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Deepening Poverty Threatens the Social Contract in Iran

“Public welfare” and “social justice” have been key slogans of the Islamic Republic’s political narrative. However, sanctions, corruption, and inadequate government policies have accelerated the rate of poverty in Iran.

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Strategic Shifts Needed for Sustainable Recovery in Gulf Aviation and Tourism

The coronavirus pandemic has tested few industries as much as aviation and tourism, but Gulf governments have an opportunity to emerge as frontrunners in creating truly sustainable growth and jobs.

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UAE-Israel Economic Ties Proliferate in the Wake of Normalization

Economic ties between the UAE and Israel are moving rapidly in many different directions, but the hard work lies ahead.

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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.

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What BP’s Claim of an End to Peak Oil Demand Means for Gulf Producers

Gulf oil producers need to show some urgency and establish a strategy compatible with a carbon-neutral world.

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The Politics of Gulf Aid to Sudan

Sudan must determine how to attract stable and sustainable aid flows that don’t fluctuate wildly depending on shifting political winds.

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Nuclear Power in the Middle East: The Politics of Stakeholder Coalitions

The creation and management of domestic and external stakeholder coalitions is intrinsic to a sustained commitment to nuclear energy in the UAE.

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Debt Maturities Loom As Gulf States Sell More Bonds

Regional policymakers must grapple with how the political and economic systems that they plan to sustain with today’s debt can meet tomorrow’s obligations.

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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.

Pakistan’s Military Steps In To Manage Tense Ties With Saudi Arabia

A swift Saudi pullout from an economic assistance program for Pakistan spells trouble for the bilateral relationship, but it would be unwise to write an obituary for Saudi-Pakistani ties.

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