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    Concerts, Cinemas and Comics in the Kingdom: Revising the Social Contract after Saudi Vision 2030

Concerts, Cinemas and Comics in the Kingdom: Revising the Social Contract after Saudi Vision 2030

by Courtney Freer

Vision 2030’s focus is to mainly move the Saudi economy away from its dependence on oil. Nonetheless, any plan so ambitious will undoubtedly have social – and potentially political – consequences. The degree of social change, of course, depends on the extent to which portions of the vision are implemented in practice – something which is being […]

A New Saudi State?

 by Steffen Hertog

The demise of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in January 2015 was only the latest in a long string of deaths among senior Al Saud brothers who had dominated Saudi politics since the early 1960s. Yet different from previous changes of guard, it has ushered in a new era of Saudi politics. Under Abdullah’s half-brother and successor […]

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    The Iranian Presidential Election: Will Rouhani be Stopped by the Conservatives?

The Iranian Presidential Election: Will Rouhani be Stopped by the Conservatives?

 

With less than four days till the Iranian presidential elections, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, one of six candidates, announced his withdrawal from the race endrosing Ebrahim Raisi. The six candidates were pre-selected  by the Guardian Council from amongst 1,653 hopefuls. This means they met all the requirements to eventually become President of the Islamic Republic.

Current President Hassan Rouhani and Ebrahim […]

Do sovereign wealth funds bring value to their investments?

by Bader Alhashel

Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) today are major players in the global financial markets. Their rise over the past decade has attracted significant interest and controversy, fuelled by their more vivid investment targets and their role as investors and lenders of last resort at the dawn of the 2008 financial crisis. This scrutiny has led to many discussions […]

February 20th, 2017|Analysis & Opinion, GCC|0 Comments|
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    كيفية الاستفادة من الاستشاريين في دول مجلس التعاون

كيفية الاستفادة من الاستشاريين في دول مجلس التعاون

عمر العبيدلي وكامرون ميرزا

فرض تراجع أسعار النفط على الدول الخليجية مراجعة رؤاها الاقتصادية – أو إطلاقها في حالة السعودية – مما يخلق دوراً ربما مهماً للاستشاريين. فحسب دراسة لـ «جلوبل ريسيرش»، نمت سوق الخدمات الاستشارية في السعودية بنسبة 14.8% في عام 2015، إذ بلغ حجمها 1.25 مليار دولار، وأصبحت السوق السعودية تمثل تقريباً نصف السوق المتينة لدى الدول الخليجية، […]

February 17th, 2017|Analysis & Opinion, GCC|0 Comments|

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