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  • Public opinion in the United Arab Emirates

    02-04-2016

    An interesting perspective on the development of public opinion research in the UAE

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


  • Burj Khalifa The Worlds Tallest Building

    17-01-2010

    The official opening of the Burj Khalifa attracted worldwide attention to Dubai mostly for the right reasons...

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Dubai and Iran Sanctions

    11-01-2010

    Recently the world learned what the intelligence community has known for many months, if not years: that Iran is building a second nuclear enrichment centre in the mountains near Qom. For once, the world seemed a little less forgiving of Irans attempts to obfuscate. The media rained questions on the revelation: why build it inside a mountain? Why hide it for so long? Wasnt this similar to the forced revelation of Natanz back in 2002? When would the IAEA inspectors be allowed to visit? Would they face restrictions?

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • A culture of innovation

    12-04-2015

    The Arab predisposition towards innovation, do we have what it takes?

    img Lana Abdelhameed
    Deputy Director, Global Affairs


  • Flight from Debt

    11-01-2010

    It seems curious that a number of Dubai-based correspondents are continuing to discuss Dubai in a relatively negative manner when many respected analysts and observers report that the prospects for the emirate are improving.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Admiring the Path of Emirati Women

    11-01-2010

    Western media tend to overlook that the Emirati woman has managed over recent years to achieve on par with women in many developed countries, and may have surpassed them in some instances. They did this without dramatized calls for womens rights or accusations of sexism.

    img Sumaya ِ Adam Issa Adam Eisa
    Senior Researcher- Global Affairs


  • Dubai, the British media and a whiff of snobbery

    11-01-2010

    For the past year journalists around the world have competed for the right metaphors to pass harsh judgments on Dubai: expressing increasing dismay and sometimes even glee at the challenges the emirate is facing. They have quoted Percy Byshe Shelleys Ozymandias to the point of clich, making visions of the Dubai dream sinking back into the desert sands tiresome.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • The Dubai World Standstill

    11-01-2010

    The UAE faces a challenge that is as much media as it is financial. On November 25 Dubais Department of Finance announced a six-month standstill for restructuring the debts of certain subordinate parts of the government-created Dubai World holding company. Professions of shock and fear reverberated in international news media, financial markets, and currency and commodity markets as well as UAE markets.

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


  • A Tail That Wags The Dog

    11-01-2010

    If you don't know what a "Fat Tail" is, don't get upset. Until a few weeks ago very few people knew what it is. However, it is becoming the buzzword in any intellectual discussion concerning the UAE. Western media and think tanks alike are using the phrase that Eurasia group's CEO Ian Bremmer used in his latest book "The Fat Tail: The power of Political Knowledge for Strategic Investing." While including countries like Pakistan, Nigeria, and Mexico in the list may not raise many brows, giving 10% instability risk especially to the UAE does.

    img Mohammed Baharoon
    Director General


  • 'New Conservatism' in Dubai

    11-04-2010

    These cases have attracted attention because they seem to be at odds with Dubais image of tolerance of its large expat population and its desire to appeal to tourism. The world has long understood that Dubai as host will tolerate behaviour generally accepted elsewhere provided it does not blatantly offend local laws. This tolerance has been part of Dubais core appeal, distinguishing it from the alternatives of Riyadh or Doha.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • The Challenge of Assassination The Dubai Police Respond

    07-03-2010

    The diplomatic embarrassment following the assassination in Dubai of Mahmoud Al Mabhough, a senior Hamas official, was obvious. The embarrassment, however, is not the biggest thing Israel needs to worry about. The Al Mabhouh affair means that 27 of Al Mossad's best international black ops operatives have received their burn notice publically on international television. burning a complete squad of assassins, obviously for the first time in the Mossad history, could easily mount up to be a vocational assassination.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Hi-jacked Jockeys Story

    06-03-2010

    The difference between a picture and an image may be in the eye of the beholder. A picture may freeze an instant of reality but an image lives in a larger time and space and can depart from the original picture. This may have happened in the situation of the Anti-Slavery International (ASI) story about a camel jockey event held near Abu Dhabi. The image the story portrayed was quite different from the pictures that ran with it.

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


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

    29-07-2015

    The world around the United Arab Emirates swirls with changes pulling several directions at once.  So far the leaders of this young country and their peoples have written a success story.  Together they have carefully chosen among alternative goals and policies by following the traditions of the majlis, today wrapping these in the technology of commercial and social media.  

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


  • Dubai World Expectations

    21-04-2010

    The worlds financial media purred with pleasure at the better than expected terms on offer and international markets had the whole of the following day to participate in an upwards surge in response to the news. How different this was from the froth and near panic that greeted the announcement exactly four months earlier that Dubai World would be seeking a debt payment standstill, with many luridly describing this as tantamount to a wholesale, national default.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • 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


  • Disputed Islands and Occupation

    09-05-2010

    UAE leadership is trying to demonstrate a clear divide between the UAE and Iran ahead of not just further UN sanctions but also the more imminent likelihood of stronger US unilateral measures. With the international mood toughening toward Iran, the UAE may be signaling that it too has now set its face firmly against Iranian pressure. Given the widespread perception that the UAE, particularly through Dubai, remains Irans primary conduit for trading with the world, Sheikh Abdullahs words may intend both to underline the UAEs separation from Iran and to dampen international attention to the trade linkages. [Finally] the UAE seems..to have lost patience and is testing the international resolve to support the UAE in settling this islands dispute.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Signs of Growing GCC Unity

    19-06-2010

    Of the many issues on the GCCs agenda not least was the rumbling threat of contagion from the recent upheavals in the Eurozone, mounting concerns over Iran, and the continuing threat from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. All these issues the delegates seemed to view alike in important measure. However, one main challenge, closer to home, gives an impression of disunity among the six member states: continuing repercussions of the UAEs withdrawal last year from the common currency project for reasons which, themselves, are in dispute.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Iran The Spectre of Sanctions

    27-06-2010

    After more than a year of preparatory diplomacy, the Obama administration led the UN Security Council (UNSC) into imposing a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its refusal to give ground on its nuclear programme. The merchandise the UNSC produced, however, may be as detrimental to the rest of the Gulf neighborhood as it is to Iran. The UAE seems to be showing that it will, as it has in each of the preceding three rounds of sanctions, live up to its UN obligations. This early initiative may help deflect some of the pressure that will flow toward the UAE from the sanctions that the US and the EU will try to impose in excess of the UN sanctions.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Times Square Echoes in Dubai

    19-05-2010

    Again Dubai paid a penalty for providing the largest air hub in the Middle East supported by one of the worlds most successful airline operations Emirates.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Dubai and Emirates The Hub of Success

    30-06-2010

    The Emirates Airlines offer is so obviously attractive that one has to question why no one else is doing it. Until they do, the carriers strategy will continue to pour people and resources into Dubai and the UAE. At its heart, Dubai is and always will be a trading hub and reshipment point. But to maintain success amongst mounting regional competition Dubai also has to remain cost effective - low tariffs, minimally invasive regulations, and reasonable operating costs.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • The Ambassador Speaks His Mind

    05-08-2010

    International news media coverage of remarks in July by Ambassdor Youssef al-Otaiba, the UAEs man in Washington, caused consternation and surprise because of his apparent candour on the prospect of a nuclear-capable Iran. The UAE Foreign Ministry sought to limit the impact of his remarks by portraying them as out of context and intended as unofficial. Yet in the US environment, Mr al-Otaiba was very much on the record both in his formal presentation at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado on 7th July and in the public question and answer session that followed.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Unity Grows from Necessity

    15-08-2010

    The western media went into overdrive, portraying Dubai variously as being on the verge of collapse, being taken over by its larger, wealthier neighbour emirate Abu Dhabi, and as a possible harbinger of a wider global economic collapse a metaphorical flapping of an Emirati butterflys wings that would bring chaos to the world

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Dubai Aerospace Enterprise and Emirates: Balancing the Books

    17-08-2010

    Behind the headline grabbing news, a specialist international newsletter called AirFinance Journal quietly revealed that the new Emirates orders were not really new contracts from Dubai at all but instead represented a re-balancing of the books for Dubais other venture into the aerospace sector, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE).

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Nuclear Energy in a Sea of Oil

    08-09-2010

    The assumed domino effect of nuclear proliferation across the Middle East merits examination. So do continuing suggestions that the development of nuclear energy programmes in a region pumping much of the worlds oil are merely a cover for darker nuclear aspirations.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • BlackBerry Jam

    25-09-2010

    The UAEs stand on this issue attracted widespread international support. Accordingly, many suspect that RIM will reach an accommodation with the UAE that will enable BlackBerrys continued use this notwithstanding an international market view that RIMhaving reduced its usp may then also face the commercial prospect of being overtaken by other smartphones such as Apples iPhone and Googles Android offering.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Unwelcome Guests

    28-09-2010

    Dubai and the UAE have long held a reputation as a tolerant and welcoming society. However, some individuals carry either the baggage of their pasts or seem to regard Dubais tolerance in particular as a license for mischief.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Changing Shape of the US Security Guarantee

    29-09-2010

    The Obama administration...seems to recognise, arguably belatedly in the context of Iraq, that the physical presence of its military forces in the Gulf is as much a catalyst for opposition as it is a source of reassurance, deterrence and stability.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • The Economic Drag of Real Estate

    07-10-2010

    A recent assessment of Dubais commercial real estate sector office and commercial space attracted widespread interest in the international media because of the reports mordant conclusion that one of the ways that Dubai could cope with insufficient property demand would be to demolish some of its office blocks.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Happiness and Tolerance: A UAE Vision

    24-04-2016

    In a step ahead of any other state the United Arab Emirates federal government has committed the ministerial level to enhancing the achievement of happiness and tolerance.  

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


  • Why the UAE is Waging war to Liberate Yemen

    07-11-2015

    The real question is: 'Has our foreign policy really changed?'

    img Mohammed Baharoon
    Director General


  • UAE & the Future of Nuclear Plants

    30-09-2015

    International observers consider the UAE nuclear project as an international model in nuclear safety & adoption of peaceful purposes

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


  • Iran's Energy

    10-09-2015

    The impact a realignment of Western relations with #Iran on the global oil market...

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • 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


  • Public opinion in the United Arab Emirates

    11-05-2015

    Public opinion is one of the vital tools countries use to build strategies and public policy.

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


  • Iran's international nuclear agreement

    14-04-2015

    A good deal for the UAE?

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Sustaining prosperity or exhausting it?

    30-04-2014

    It almost seems like 'cost of living' is the new catch phrase in Dubai.

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • UAE and Ukraine A Test of the Global Political Order

    19-03-2014

    The events in The Ukraine and Crimea have import for the United Arab Emirates. Implications of these events are large and small, with consequences near term and longer term. All are complex.

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


  • Child Protection: The law is only a beginning

    04-02-2014

    With the new child protection law in the UAE to come into place, what role does the education system play in ensuring child safety?

    img Fatima Sultan
    Senior Resident Fellow- Public Policy


  • 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


  • Dubai and Iran Sanctions

    20-03-2013

    Recently the world learned what the intelligence community has known for many months, if not years: that Iran is building a second nuclear enrichment centre in the mountains near Qom. For once, the world seemed a little less forgiving of Irans attempts to obfuscate. The media rained questions on the revelation: why build it inside a mountain? Why hide it for so long? Wasnt this similar to the forced revelation of Natanz back in 2002? When would the IAEA inspectors be allowed to visit? Would they face restrictions?

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • From Underwear to Freight: AQAPs Threats

    08-10-2011

    A year ago Dubai, London, and perhaps Chicago apparently escaped disaster through a mix of timely intelligence, careful investigation and ultimately, good fortune.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Canadas Problems with the UAE

    28-05-2011

    The UAE has decided to hang back from further effort to clear away the low-grade trade war that it finds itself in with Canada because the outcome of the recent Canadian election offers little prospect for settlement.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • 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


  • 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 Ibrahim Karsany
    Former Director, Public Policy Division


  • Innovation Changes How we Define Civilization

    20-08-2015


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


  • 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


  • World Values Survey (Wave 7)

    29-05-2016

    Several social research centers, independent or affiliated to universities have been engaged in the implementation of international programs which  study and  record   the social attitudes in various countries  through  the application of a unified methodology and a single  time frame. This article explores the World Values Survey and the added value it provides in forming public policy. 

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


  • 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


  • Dilma leaves but problems in Brazil remain

    21-06-2016

    Millions of Brazilians who went to the streets to celebrate the  removal of President Dilma Rousseff  will not live better, with at least 100 million citizens celebrating the beginning of the impeachment procedure for President Rousseff, whom as of 12th May 2016, is no longer  the head of state of Brazil. 

    img Rudy Simonassi
    Senior Non- Resident Fellow- Global Affairs


  • National Security & Economic Policy

    15-11-2015

    It has become necessary to take economic policy into consideration when preparing the strategy of the national security...

    img Ibrahim Karsany
    Former Director, Public Policy Division


  • National Strategic Integration

    31-08-2016

    The question is: What are the requirements for preserving this prestigious stature based on the accredited and credible global indices?

    img Ibrahim Karsany
    Former Director, Public Policy Division


  • Foreign Labor: Time for a Review

    30-08-2016


    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • The Indicator of National Affiliation in the World Values Survey

    08-09-2016

    One of the most important components of the survey was the one related to the question code V66, regarding the willingness of individuals to 'fight [sacrifice] for their country'. This question reflects a component of national belonging... Read more

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • A National Youth Strategy

    24-10-2016

    Youth have the lion's share in the UAE this year.

    img Anas Al Hashemi
    Researcher


  • The new agenda of Yemen’s people

    22-11-2016

    Since the start of the war in 2015, a new agenda that involves citizens rather than elites and political leaders has taken place. This agenda has emerged from the destitution and economic needs of citizens, and it reflects their demands not the leaders'. 

    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


  • b'huth Weekly Commentary - India Relations

    19-01-2017

    An Assessment of the state of India-UAE relations ahead of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan’s historic visit to India as Chief Guest at this year’s celebrations of Republic Day

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • UAE & Iran Sifting Fact from the Conjecture

    10-02-2017

    Largely unnoticed by the international media, on Tuesday this week – 7th February – Kuwait’s official news agency, KUNA, released a statement by Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah, expressing a cautious welcome for Iran’s earlier indication that it is willing to engage in dialogue with Gulf Co-operation Council member-states with a view to reducing tensions in the region and, in particular, bringing to a close war-fighting in Syria and Yemen.  This followed the visit to Tehran by Kuwait’s Foreign Minister HH Sabah al-Khaled al-Ahmad al-Sabah on 25th January as the envoy for all six GCC states.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • DUBAI – THE FASTEST CITY IN THE WORLD

    18-02-2017

    Speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai this week, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum re-emphasised his ambition to make the emirate the most advanced city in the world.  Over the past two years, a series of bold, technological initiatives ranging from the UAE’s programme to land an unmanned vehicle on Mars to the world’s first Hyperloop system between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and now a 100-year programme – ‘Mars 2117’ – culminating in the settlement of a city on Mars, have continued to attract worldwide attention.  Moreover, none of these announcements has been blithely dismissed by international observers in the patronising manner that might have been anticipated, even as recently as a decade ago.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • 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


  • 26-02-2017


    img Khaled Al Maashi
    Head of Surveys, Public Opinion Research Center


  • UAE warning to Mr Trump: Send Dr Jekyll not Mr. Hyde

    06-03-2017

    Over the six weeks since Donald Trump entered the White House, opinions concerning the new President’s strategy towards the GCC and Iran remain confused.  On one hand, many commentators anticipated a strong backlash from the Middle East against the new administration over Mr Trump’s apparently racist approach to barring Muslims from entering the United States.  They also expected the new President to take early steps towards fulfilling his campaign commitment to make those he had previously claimed were enjoying a “free ride” on American security guarantees, to pay for American defence undertakings.

    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 Weekly: Two Certainties of Life: Death & Taxation

    20-04-2017

    Economic commentators who focus on developments in the GCC have recently highlighted unsubstantiated rumours of changes ahead in the fiscal development of the region.  According to this ‘rumour mill’, the UAE continues to be concerned to balance the country’s economy over the long-term as the country, like the rest of the Gulf, confronts the twin challenges of a still-stuttering global economy, particularly manifested in reduced demand from Asia, and persistently low oil prices that continue to make a direct impact on the public finances of GCC member-states.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • The Weekly: Gone 100 Days of Donald Trump

    28-04-2017

    On Saturday, Donald J Trump will have been President of the United States of America for one hundred days.  Since the era of Franklin Roosevelt, this first milestone in a new incumbency has been used by commentators and the public to gauge both the early political and strategic trajectory of a new Presidency and as an opportunity to take stock of how far a new administration has succeeded in fulfilling campaign commitments.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Arab Islamic American Summit: a gathering of 55 world leaders

    22-05-2017

    The Summit that took place in Riyadh on 20 -21 May 2017 was the first leg of President Trump’s first international tour as Head of State. Several media commentators had seen this visit as a prelude to a strategic repositioning of long standing US relations with the GCC and other Arab nations. 

    img Lana Abdelhameed
    Deputy Director, Global Affairs


  • 24-05-2017


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


  • The Weekly: OPEC, GCC & Economic Change

    30-05-2017

    There was little surprise amongst energy analysts when it was announced last Thursday evening that the 24 governments of oil-producing states – 13 OPEC and 11 non-OPEC – had agreed unanimously to extend the production curbs agreed last November until the end of the first quarter of next year.  The UAE’s Minister of Energy, HE Suhail al- Mazrouei, insisted that: “everyone is in agreement”.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Qatar the ‘lone wolf’

    28-06-2017

    Earlier this month Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt took the radical decision to boycott Qatar as a GCC member. A previous eight-month rift occurred in 2014 when Saudi Arabia withdrew their ambassadors from Doha. The justification for this was again Qatari support for militant groups. 2014 did not however witness a boycott which included a land, sea and air blockade which is presently apparent

    img Rebecca Simpson
    Non- Resident Fellow , Global Affairs


  • Defining the objectives of the Health Care System

    18-07-2017

      While my friend was explaining to me how the doctors in Germany diagnose the knee pain that he has suffered and the proposed treatments, a question comes spontaneously to my mind, Why our doctors cannot make such a diagnosis that was concluded by the doctors in Germany, specially it is an external diagnosis not a macroscopic or laboratory diagnosis.

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Moqtada Al -Sadr Comes to Town

    18-08-2017

    In the heat of the desert summer, Abu Dhabi this week welcomed a surprise guest in the shape of one of Iraq’s most controversial figures: Moqtadr al-Sadr.  Apparently warmly greeted by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan last Sunday (13th August), the UAE ‘red carpet’ was rolled out for the Iraqi Shia leader who was once regarded as the scourge of the US-led coalition.  His arrival, his high-profile reception and the release of official photographs followed a similar visit by al-Sadr to Jeddah at the end of last month (31st July), where he was similarly warmly received by the Saudi Crown Prince, HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Gulf Economies, Markets and the Collapse Scenario

    30-08-2017

    Since the 1990s, the economies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, especially the controlling economies, such as the economy of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the economy of the United Arab Emirates, have shifted to global economies after being more of regional economies (economies of the Middle East). The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was selected as member of the G20 since its establishment, during the G8 meeting on September 25, 1999 in Washington, to serve as a platform for a comprehensive dialogue between the developed and the emerging countries, in a way that is more representative and realistic of the latest developments of global economic power centers and more effective than the G8.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • Commercial Sector has to take responsibility of degradation of Arabic Language

    07-09-2017

    Can the misuse of the language including its words, and grammar rules in publicity and notoriety be considered as a legal offense of some kind or misdemeanor?  Theoretically, no one would agree to consider this more than an error requiring correction and perhaps this calls for nothing due to being a normal result. However, would the issue be changed if it was regarded within the frame of the current degradation of the Arabic Language among the new generations of the Arab and especially, here, in the Gulf region? 

    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • Why Youth Policy?

    10-09-2017

    There is more than one reason for policy researchers to turn their eyes to youth. In the Middle East, the discourse on youth has transformed tremendously reaching a point where making policy for and with youth seemed necessary.  There has been great interest in the growing young population of the region during the past 3 decades in demographic research. The “Youth Bulge” was a “demographic bonus” that necessitated extensive socio-economic development.  

    img Fatima Sultan
    Senior Resident Fellow- Public Policy


  • UAE seeks to eliminate Al -Qaeda in Yemen

    24-09-2017

    The rapid and consecutive maneuvers currently led by UAE forces in the governorate of Abyan in Yemen to get rid of Al-Qaeda came after a strong blow to the group in Hadramout  and Shabwa governorates in what is considered an Emirati campaign to eliminate  Al-Qaeda in the South of Yemen. But the first operations in Hadramout and Shabwa haven’t been completed yet. Both governorates still embrace  Al-Qaeda remnants, and the group has no intention at the moment to leave the provinces entirely or stop fighting.

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


  • Economic Diversification- A UAE Strongpoint

    26-09-2017

    Since the beginning of oil exports from the UAE in 1962 international commentators have perceived the Emirates as an oil dependent nation whose economic structure is dominated by crude exports. Such commentators are aware that the vast percentage of these oil exports are sourced from Abu Dhabi with Dubai holding far less oil than its Emirati counterpart. With around 40 per cent of the UAE’s GDP directly based on oil and gas output, its economic dependency on an approaching world without oil reliance, has fascinated many energy analysts. Since the formation of the UAE in 1971 diversification away from petroleum dependency has been a clearly stated objective of the government. 

    img Rebecca Simpson
    Non- Resident Fellow , Global Affairs


  • UAE’S ECONOMY: A POST-OIL MODEL FOR THE FUTURE

    08-10-2017

    This week, international analysts watched closely as Abu Dhabi launched a $10 billion bond in three tranches: $3 billion over 5 years; $4 billion over 10 years; and $3 billion over 30 years.  The sale was oversubscribed three times with $30 billion offered for investment in Abu Dhabi.  Given continued strategic and political instability across the wider Middle East region and the slow pace of recovery in oil prices on world markets, the strong demand for exposure to Abu Dhabi was widely seen as the latest indicator of the role the UAE continues to play as a model of stability and economic development that other countries in the region increasingly seek to emulate.  Indeed, by coincidence, and with the kind of diplomatic gaffe that has come to be associated with Britain&rsqu

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • 16-10-2017


    img Sumaya ِ Adam Issa Adam Eisa
    Senior Researcher- Global Affairs


  • 25-10-2017


    img Mohammad Fadhel Al Obaidly
    Advisor, Public Opinion Research Center


  • GCC-US RELATIONS: A VIEW FROM WASHINGTON

    26-10-2017

    While commentators on both sides of the Atlantic continue to express remorse and dismay towards the presidency of Donald Trump, the view from the Gulf states, evident at last week’s annual meeting of the National Council on US-Arab Relations (NCUSAR), struck a decidedly different tone.

    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs


  • 14-11-2017


    img Angus Taverner
    Director- Global Affairs