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Ramadan Series Tackle Women’s Issues and Religion

Ramadan has always been an opportunity to introduce new ideas to nudge viewers’ reactions; this year’s series are generating much-needed discussion on women’s issues.

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A New Virtual Reality: The Growth of Esports and Gaming in Saudi Arabia

Beyond paying economic dividends, there are social and cultural interests at play in the Saudi gaming industry.

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Iraq’s Corruption and Rule of Law Deficits Nourish a Worsening Drug Problem

Since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, Iraq has become a transit country for drug cartels. And as social conditions in Iraq have deteriorated, drug addiction among Iraqis has increased.

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“Civil Nomadism”: Itinerant Social Engagement as a Precursor to Civil Society

A fixed definition of civil society can cloud a deeper understanding of how civil society can function in different contexts, like that of the UAE.

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Coronavirus on Instagram: Getting the Public Health Message Out

Gulf governments have long been utilizing social media for important health messaging, and these tools have become even more critical since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Saudi “Founding Day” and the Death of Wahhabism

Saudi Arabia’s “Founding Day” signifies a radical break with the Wahhabi political influence that had legitimized the Saudi political projects since 1744.

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Tourism Ambitions Transform Saudi Arabia

The global opening and new embrace of arts and entertainment are indicative of broader trends as the kingdom navigates its "post-oil" future.

Perilous Growth: Bulging Population Endangers Iraq’s Future

The Iraqi government’s failure to invest in human capital and reconstruction has left the country unprepared for the current rate of population growth.

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