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Author: Mohammed Baharoon
Since 9/11, the international community has focused on preventing acts of terrorism. Their policies span from protective measures at airports to issuing new laws to bring perpetrators to court and even to launching multinational military campaigns against terrorist organisation strongholds and safe havens. But gradual changes in terrorist groups and their acts are raising questions about the sufficiency and efficacy of these policies.
Author: Mohammed Baharoon
The intensity of the popular protests since the unexpected win of President Donald Trump is worthy of careful consideration. These demonstrations seem to have different motivation but their outcome can be strikingly similar. The demonstrations are growing across the US, and possibly the chaos that accompanies them can be a manifestation of creative chaos that could lead to new realities and dynamics in the United States.
Yemen after the War - Official report with findings from session co-organized by Arab Gulf States Insitute in Washington and Dubai Public Policy Research Centre published now. Read and download the report with highlights on conversation on the transition process for Yemen's government and the potential positive role the private sector and the international community can play.
During the discussion, facilitated by Mohammad Baharoon, Director- General of the Dubai Public Policy Research Centre, panellists shared their insights on the role of governmental entities in eradicating attitudes of intolerance throughout society.
Author: Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
What is really going on? US President-elect Donald Trump has insulted women during his campaign through vulgarity and using derogatory words as we found out during his campaign. Then there was the short clip showing him embracing three girls in bikinis. A few weeks ago, social media was distributing short clips showing him beating another person in a wrestling hall.
Yemen After the War: AGSIW and b’huth hosted a workshop on the challenges and opportunities in a post-war Yemen.
The role of the private sector in post conflict Yemen was the subject of a closed roundtable discussion in Dubai that was organized by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Dubai Public Policy Research Centre (b’huth), and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). The discussion that involved a number of business leaders from Yemen and the GCC as well as regional and international experts was part of an effort to discuss the various opportunities available for a recovery of the Yemeni economy. The session which was held at The Address Dubai Mall gathered 28 experts from Yemen, the GCC and the international community.
The roundtable discussion explored experiences of the private sector in post-conflict situations – typology, successes, and challenges as well as the associated risk areas: political, legal, and country risk. Experts discussed current as well as anticipated opportunities and challenges of the private sector in Yemen, including the very early stages of the post-conflict phase.
There was also focus on the opportunities and challenges of the private sector to effectively contribute to Yemen’s economic recovery in the immediate/ short term after a political deal is reached in Yemen, especially in practical the challenges that the banking, trade and SME sector will face and to what extent interventions and accompanying policy making will allow the private sector to effectively operate inside Yemen.
Discussions also looked at the role private sector can play in Yemen’s reconstruction and the type of longer-term strategy for public-private dialogue to support executive reforms that will help stimulate Yemen’s private sector to thrive, create jobs, and contribute to stability and sustainable economic growth.
The roundtable was the first step towards creating a Yemen Private Sector Working Group that will be the Front-Runner of the type of platform that can best be revitalized to support the role of Yemen’s private sector in post-conflict Yemen.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY15, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $18 billion, leveraging our capital, expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
B’huth, Dubai Public Policy Research Center (b’huth) is a Dubai based independent policy research center. B’huth’s experienced team of strategists are committed to innovation in the area of public policy in the UAE and the region by identifying, tracking, and helping to resolve issues that challenge the government and society of the United Arab Emirates. In a region that has seen the rate of development grow exponentially, the b’huth team understands the role independent research plays in the process of identifying areas for development. Now, B’huth works toward objective and independent analysis for decision makers, providing insight and forecasts that put regional facts into global contexts in areas that include, but are not limited to: Geo-strategy, reputation and soft power, Public Policy, International Relations, and Public Opinion Studies. Reimagining Yemen is a program run by b’huth that focuses on post conflict Yemen and is dedicated to policies that could help in the development of Yemen after the end of the conflict.
The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and civil society to build the institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include enterprise ecosystems, democratic governance, business advocacy, and anti-corruption and ethics.
b’huth published its findings from a workshop focusing on the prospects of development for a post conflict Yemen.
The report titled ‘Yemen Reimagined’ highlights the out of the box discussions of 28 experts from Yemen and the Gulf on the long term development potential of Yemen and included 12 recommendations for policy makers to consider as Yemenis look at their way forward.
Dr. Haifa Al-Maashi, Director of the Geostrategic affairs division at b’huth, states that the workshop provided insights into the main challenges that face post-conflict Yemen and that the report findings focused on the areas that could strengthen development as a vehicle for stability.
The report provides insight into potential development frameworks for Yemen along the three identified factors: economic, political and social development.
In terms of political development, the report highlights the importance of benchmarking successful examples of incorporating federalism into government systems in the region, such as the UAE, and consider its implementation in the constitution. The report also refers to several factors that experts need to take into consideration in developing the scenarios for political development in Yemen, such as for example the political elite.
In terms of economic development, the report proposes the concept of ‘participatory economy’ as a key framework for the long-term economic development of Yemen. The findings of the workshop clarified the future of the relationship between government, private sector and society and monitoring the strategic competitive advantages of Yemen. An example of this new distribution of responsibility and relationship is put forth by the recommendation of an integrated electricity grid that would provide the backbone for a mechanism that would allow the private sectors as well as entrepreneurs to benefit from the ability to trade renewable energy production. The report also calls attention to the proposal of an Economic Council in that brings together policy makers, Yemeni business community and community leaders together in economic policy-making process.
On the social development front, the report looks at the prospects of creating a a new social contract and the role national identity plays in providing social cohesion and stability after the war and in a federal system. The report also looks at social values, as they have been distorted and deviated during these conflicts due to the failure of developmental efforts, while also reviewing the role education, media and civil society can play in supporting community development in their different ranges.
The report is the stepping stone for the series being developed by the Yemen program at b’huth. The program continues to monitor the situation in Yemen to provide insight and development understanding to better capitalize on opportunities for sustained peace and development.
Author: Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
While Arab countries have been preoccupied with confronting Iran in many hot spots in the region, Israel and its western allies are involved in a fierce war against the Palestinian boycott movement known as BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions).
Author: Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
The failed peace negotiations indicate that the goal of Geneva II was not to achieve comprehensive peace as a central objective for the revival of Yemen, but to achieve reconciliation between the belligerents. Geneva II and the events following will not stop the war through failed truces.