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Popular Omani Novel Joins Others Exploring Gulf States’ Shift to Modernity

In the year that saw the passing of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, an award-winning Omani novel catches fire in book clubs as it explores the tensions and hopes beneath the surface of the extraordinary changes that the sultan brought to the country.

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101: Stimulating the UAE’s Grassroots Art Scene

During the coronavirus lockdown, young Emiratis set up a platform to support emerging local artists and engage with a wider audience to inspire curiosity and raise awareness about the local art scene.

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Saudi Arabia Champions “Moderate Islam,” Underpinning Reform Efforts

Moderate Islam can be seen as a comprehensive strategy to tackle the kingdom’s regional and domestic concerns while at the same time reshaping the religious and social scene in line with the leadership’s new sociopolitical objectives.

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Kuwaitis Vote for Change

Kuwait’s elections resulted in a nearly two-thirds turnover in the National Assembly. Still any reform program hinges on the selection of the leadership of Parliament and new government and their ability to forge a common national agenda.

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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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Mudhawi’s List: Advocating for Kuwaiti Women in Politics

Kuwaiti women have played a significant role on the political stage in recent years, but they have yet to reach equal representation in the National Assembly. Mudhawi’s List aims to support women to achieve a more promising future in politics.

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Redefining Gulf Security Begins by Including the Human Dimension

The coronavirus pandemic has come as a reminder of the urgent need for a renewed approach to security that no longer focuses merely on the political and military aspects of security but includes a broader look at people-centered dimensions.

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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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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.

The Legacy of Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah: Statesman, Mediator, and Father of Modern Kuwait

On September 29, Kuwait announced the passing of Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah.

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