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    Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration of the Militias in post-IS Iraq

Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration of the Militias in post-IS Iraq

by Dylan O’Driscoll and Dave van Zoonen
This post is based on the authors’ article ‘The Future of Iraq: Is Reintegration Possible?’ published in the Autumn 2017 issue of Middle East Policy.

In response to the Iraqi Security Forces’ (ISF) capitulation to the Islamic State (IS) in 2014 a whole host of militias – under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilisation Forces […]

Saudi women behind the wheel: who opposed it anyway?

by Sara Masry
For decades, the status of women in Saudi Arabia has been subject to international scrutiny, fixation and, oftentimes, ridicule. One of the most widely-recognised symbols of Saudi women’s oppression has been the ban on driving. When Saudi women travel abroad – myself included – we often come across those who know next to nothing about Saudi norms […]

Kuwait’s National Innovation Ecosystem

by Mishari Alnahedh

Under the patronage of his highness the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the government of Kuwait announced the launch of the Knowledge Economy Forum, to take place in February 2018, aiming to modernise governance based on what is known as a knowledge and innovation ecosystem. The escalating attention on developing an innovation ecosystem has been […]

September 27th, 2017|Analysis & Opinion, GCC|0 Comments|

Morocco and the GCC: between Saudi Arabia and Qatar

by David Hernández Martínez

Upon the outbreak of the Arab Spring, relations between Morocco and members of the Gulf Cooperation Council rapidly solidified. In just six years the association between Rabat and (respectively) Riyadh, Doha and Dubai has grown considerably, with common concerns ranging from the economic to the strategic. These close ties may now be hampered due to the crisis […]

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    Losing the Regional Struggle: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran and the Elephant in the Room

Losing the Regional Struggle: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran and the Elephant in the Room

by Madawi Al-Rasheed
This article is part of a 4-part series assessing the prospects for new directions in Saudi foreign policy under King Salman and his son. 

Muhammad ibn Salman is currently struggling to establish Saudi Arabia as a serious regional power on a par with Turkey, Iran and Israel. Each are currently flexing their muscles in a bid to emerge as the […]

September 20th, 2017|Analysis & Opinion, GCC|1 Comment|

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