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Search Results for: Middle East

  • Iran Energy

    12-11-2015

    The international nuclear agreement with Iran, signed on 14th July, has encouraged widespread speculation and expectation concerning many potential aspects of what is in effect being seen as Iran’s re-entry to the ‘international community’.  Beyond the specifics of tighter international control and verification of Tehran’s nuclear programme, many commentators have already started to contemplate the potential consequences of the likely realignment of Western relations with Iran, particularly in the context of the United States. 

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • The Economic Effects of Ramadan: An Analysis

    15-06-2016

    During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims across the world are obligated to fast between dawn and sunset. While the physiological effects of fasting are well studied and accounted for, there are fewer analyses on the economic consequences of Ramadan. However, in an increasingly-global market place, and particularly for Dubai and Abu Dhabi as centres of international commerce, questions about the economic effects of Ramadan are becoming increasingly important to international markets and investors. 

    img Elizabeth McKinney-Bennett
    Senior Non-Resident Fellow -Global Affairs


  • After “Northern Thunder” Will There Be Rain?

    25-04-2016

    When 350 thousand troops from 20 countries join a military exercise that involves over 20 thousand tanks,250 jet fighters and more than 400 helicopters, then there is a lot of thunder. Joint military exercises are seldom this big or complicated. 

    img Mohammed Baharoon
    Director General


  • 17 Suspects, One Victim, and a Justice Dilemma

    08-05-2010

    Indian press has been sharply critical of the conduct of the trial. The criticism targets the police who orchestrated and filmed a re-enactment of the killing, starring the accused, and then showed the film in court. Moreover, widespread reports suggest that in their investigations the Sharjah Police used techniques, such as sleep deprivation and stress positioning, that are tantamount to torture. All this is happening in a charged atmosphere of potential friction....

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • The Post Arab-Spring State: Parliaments and Beyond

    07-02-2012

    The uprisings in the Arab world were in essence an attempt to restore the fundamental legitimacy of the government by bringing it back to its roots, to the people. The masses of mostly young people who came out in the streets obviously forced change. But they have left unanswered some vital questions about what goals the changes can serve.

    img Mohammed Baharoon
    Director General


  • Sudan's main obstacle to progress

    03-06-2012

    Why are the Sudanese political leaders driving their country from one failure to another, as if failure is an inevitable fate? Sudan, which gained independence in 1956, was led by an elite group of intellectuals that succeeded in characterising independent Sudan with unique features of progress and genuine liberal values that many countries are still struggling to achieve.

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Is Arab democracy of vital interest to US?

    03-06-2012

    In the past, Arabs experienced a form of western democracy, which was specifically tailored and imposed by foreign occupiers. However, this scene was deceptive, as such a democracy had a red line that was not to be crossed: the demand for independence

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Palestinians must avoid a divisive trap

    07-11-2012

    The people of Gaza deserve all kinds of aid and support, but Palestinian unity deserves even more because it is the key to strengthening all Palestinians in their struggle against Israel by all means.

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Bearing the burden of a revolution

    21-01-2013

    When a revolution lasts too long, the rebels may well forget why they sparked it in the first place.

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Western ethics dictionary: Palestinians unseen

    06-03-2013

    Cameron acknowledged the massacre of Amritsar in 1919 as shameful, but did not apologise for it.

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Falling for propaganda and lacking a sense of history

    13-03-2013

    In his book "By Way of Deception", former Israeli Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky admits the organisation was behind the rumours.

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • The smoke that obscures the fire in Syria

    10-04-2013

    Rushing to support the revolution as a Sunni revolt against Alawite dominance has greatly damaged the cause.

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Shadows of Afghanistan loom over Syria

    24-06-2013

    The Syrian opposition (as well as the Shiite fighters) are victims of a sectarian war.

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Keynote Lecture: Media Analysis to Rank Public Interest Issues

    16-11-2015

    Director of the Public Opinion Center at b'huth delivers keynote lecture at the 5th annual research conference (Moscow, Russia).

    img Yasir Al-Muqbel
    Senior Non-Resident Fellow -Pubic Opinion Studies


  • Iraq and Lebanon and Prospects for Change

    02-09-2015


    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Writing a new page in UAE policy: The case of the 'Islamic State

    02-07-2015

    The world around the UAE swirls with changes pulling several directions at once.

    img Dr.Kenneth L. Wise
    Senior Non-Resident Fellow -Public Policy


  • The making of an enemy

    30-06-2015

    Making an enemy is another way of practising politics...

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • The History of Humiliation

    01-04-2015

    The question is: How was this monster born and how did it grow in this frightening manner?

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • An unbearable burden on human conscience

    01-09-2014

    Thousands of demonstrators marched on the streets in almost every capital and major city...

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Virulence is synonymous with stupidity

    30-06-2014

    Whether its a degrading intelligence operation by amateurs or an attempt by an isolated head of a state: who was the first to pick up an alleged telegram from the Sana?

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Iraq: The Failure of a Government or a Government Form?

    30-06-2014

    Thequick collapse of the Iraqi army is not solely a result of Al Maliki government failure; that is just the tip of an iceberg.

    img Mohammed Baharoon
    Director General


  • Turkey: A dangerous recipe for success

    24-03-2014

    Is Erdogan betting that economic success will convince Turks to overlook tyranny?

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Whats the Big Deal with Iran? A View from the Gulf

    17-11-2013

    A recent session of a global security conference in Washington, DC asked, Can an Iran-US deal work? Many in the GCC are asking the same question.

    img Mohammed Baharoon
    Director General


  • Distorted version of Sudans history

    01-10-2013

    Why did the current Sudanese regime respond in an overtly fierce manner towards protests which resulted in the deaths of dozens of people?

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Al Jazeera's Role Raises Questions

    17-07-2013

    For 30 years in this career, we were reminding ourselves daily of the golden rule in journalism: Not to fall in love with a source or take sides, but events proved that this rule was and still is in a way an illusion.

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Egypt's Second Uprising

    18-12-2012

    The battle over the new constitution in Egypt reveals that Egyptians have toppled the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak, but the revolution was stolen by the religious twin of the Mubarak-era dictatorship through the ballot box unfortunately

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Playing into the hands of detractors

    27-09-2012

    Few months after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the current Israeli President, Shimon Peres, said: Islam is the new enemy of the West because it has the same totalitarian nature of Communism.

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Is there a right time for protecting children?

    16-06-2016

    The UAE’s Child Rights law will soon come into effect after years of discussion. Reactions to it unsurprisingly included speculations about law applications, which is helpful for decision makers to understand the view of the public and to highlight aspects that need further clarification. 

    img Fatima Sultan
    Senior Resident Fellow- Public Policy


  • Islamism in the Maghreb is at Crossroads

    20-05-2016

    The future of Islamic groups in the Maghreb is surrounded by doubts, in light of their political status, practices, the authority and administration of the state.

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • The Impending Economic Scenarios after Irans Deal

    02-09-2015

    the lifting of sanctions will only take place by the spring of 2016, there is plenty of time to keep an eye for the many indicators to come

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • UAE Beyond Oil

    25-06-2016

    Oil prices have remarkably decreased since June 2014, as the price of a barrel of crude oil dropped below $ 50 at the beginning of January 2015, and continued to fall until it reached about $ 30/ barrel in last January. So, beside supply and demand, what are the other factors affecting the global oil market, and hence oil prices?

    img Ibrahim Karsany
    Former Director, Public Policy Division


  • Call for Peace away from Islamophobia

    17-07-2016

    The recent terror attack in Nice may not be the last episode within Europe, however it is a turning point for the relationship of France, Europe and the West in general with Islam and Muslims.

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • Iran’s no-show in Mecca , but could it lead to War?

    19-06-2016

    Since the start of the year, there has been recurring speculation amongst some well-known, and many not so well known, Gulf commentators concerning the possibility that Saudi Arabia and Iran’s unwavering enmity might soon culminate in all-out war

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Kuwait Negotiation and the New Houthi’s War

    26-05-2016

    Like Geneva negotiations 1 and 2, Kuwait negotiations have failed. What is different in this negotiation is that they indicated for sure that the Houthis and their allies are not keen to make any concessions to protect what is left of their power in Sanaa.

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • US Political Trauma of 2016: Implications for MENA

    30-08-2016

    Reprehensible ideas and vitriolic language have blazed into mainstream public discourse in the US 2016 election: “unfit to serve,” “liar,” “corrupt,” “bigot,” “delusional.” This essay offers context for this narrative we are seeing.

    img Dr.Kenneth L. Wise
    Senior Non-Resident Fellow -Public Policy


  • Arab Youth - Just who is responsible?

    21-09-2016

    Many other countries - in the West as well as in the Arab world - should take note of what a small, but evidently influential, country has achieved, principally by taking responsibility for its youth. Read more

    img Elizabeth McKinney-Bennett
    Senior Non-Resident Fellow -Global Affairs


  • The Central Bank of Yemen: a weapon of war?

    26-09-2016

    The war in Yemen is not limited to the political and military confrontations. Rather it comprises the economic factor which has always played as a latent factor during all conflicts in Yemen, whether in launching a conflict or in terminating it.

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • US Congress Overrides President Obama’s Veto

    01-10-2016

    To understand the implications of what has happened in the US Congress – the veto over-ride, we should remember that the fundamental principle of international law is reciprocity – the golden rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you. 

    img Dr.Kenneth L. Wise
    Senior Non-Resident Fellow -Public Policy


  • Is the alliance between KSA & the West coming to an  end?

    04-10-2016

    The rapid development of events within the United States Congress following the overwhelming 97-to-1 vote in the Senate to override President Obama’s veto against JASTA, could be indicative of a new trend in the US political system towards  a different version of relations with its GCC allies.

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • Gulf-Iranian Rivalry in the African Continent

    14-12-2016

    Iran's network of relationships with African states indicates attempts to secure political loyalty & protect its interests in the region through different soft power tactics of political, military, religious, or economic means.

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • UAE Defence - Russia Makes a Move

    25-02-2017

    One of the main points of discussion during this week’s biennial IDEX defence exhibition was the announcement that the UAE and Russia had signed a bilateral co-operation agreement to explore the opportunities for developing a fifth-generation light fighter-jet aircraft and to pursue a possible sale of Sukhoi Su-35s to the UAE Air Force.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • The Weekly: US Intentions in Syria - Implications for UAE

    07-04-2017

    On Tuesday 4th April, the people of the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun were the targets of an attack using a chemical weapon.  Early analysis suggested that this involved the deadly nerve agent, Sarin.  At least 70 people died, including 27 children.  The video footage of those who were struggling to survive, together with the emotional testimony from victims’ families mobilised international sympathy in a manner which few other military attacks have achieved over the past six years of war.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • The Right of the People in Southern Yemen and the Dilemma of Secession

    23-05-2017

    The majority of crowds that rallied in the city of Aden on May 21 did not come from inside the capital, but they came from different southern provinces in huge numbers exceeded tens of thousands to demand the right of the people in southern provinces to separate from northern Yemen. The same day in 1994 secession was announced by Ali Salem AlBeid. However, that announcement was followed by a fierce civil war that asserted the continuity of unity by force.

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division


  • Is it time to separate religion from politics in the Maghreb?

    05-06-2017

    The slogan "Step Down", which was widely used in the Arab Spring revolutions several years ago, has begun to reappear in the region from Tataouine in South Tunisia, a country that ignited the Arab Spring seven years ago. The slogan this time is carried by angry youth against the governor of Tataouine state to demand the rights of the residents to share the governorate’s wealth. 

    img Dr. Haifa AlMaashi
    Director, Geo-strategic Affairs Division