Political Economy

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UAE Moves to Retain and Attract Talented Expatriates

Emirati officials are rolling out an array of policies and initiatives intended to attract higher-skilled expatriates, but overlapping initiatives will likely heighten regional competition over foreign talent.

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Pandemic Stalls, But Won't Ground, Gulf Airlines

After a disastrous year for airlines worldwide, Gulf Arab carriers – both symbols and drivers of the air travel revolution of the past decade – must be agile to survive and thrive in a highly uncertain environment.

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2021 Budgets Indicate Tough Economic Times Ahead

Mostly smaller budgets and conservative oil price assumptions signal the start of another challenging economic year for the Gulf region.

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Gulf Reconciliation Offers Uneven Economic Gains

Economic gains associated with the Gulf reconciliation will be narrow and limited, and any economic momentum should be channeled to tackle longer-term challenges in the region.

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Upcoming Election Offers Little Hope to a Dispirited Iranian Electorate

The economic mismanagement and resistance to change over the past four decades by a succession of regimes has demoralized supporters of conservatives, reformists, and pragmatists alike.

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Saudi Tourism to Turkey Suffers as Bilateral Tensions Grow

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Turkey may continue to push Saudi tourists to choose other destinations, adding pressure to an already struggling Turkish economy.

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G-20 Summit Signals Start of Challenging Decade for Saudi Economic Transformation

Saudi policymakers face the dilemma of how to accomplish ambitious Vision 2030 targets with fewer financial resources and more uncertainties.

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Rather Than Addressing Poverty, Iran Cracks Down on Dissent

The rise of economic hardships, widespread poverty, and increasing use of violence by the Islamic Republic are major grievances dominating state-citizen relations.

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Oil Price War Tests Saudi-Russian Investment Cooperation

The collapse of the OPEC+ production agreement and the ensuing oil price war place pressure on joint investment initiatives spearheaded by Saudi and Russian sovereign wealth funds.

Uncertainty Hits Oil Market Ahead of OPEC+ Meeting

OPEC and non-OPEC ministers head into tough negotiations over potential further production cuts amid a whirlwind of negative signals from the market as oil prices decline and demand has been slashed.

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