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    Kuwait’s Hundred Million Dollar Supply Management Opportunity

Kuwait’s Hundred Million Dollar Supply Management Opportunity

by Yousef Abdulsalam

The supply chain of the health sector – the manufacturing, distribution, procurement and consumption of medical supplies – has severely lagged other supply chains in terms of efficiency, innovation and technologies. Supply expenses generally constitute about 15 percent of total hospital expenditure. Though this is dwarfed by payroll’s 50 percent (or higher) share of expenditure, supply expenses […]

January 17th, 2019|Featured, GCC, Research|0 Comments|
  • Permalink Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi meets with his cabinet on 8 January 2019, where some posts remain unfilled. Source: Press Office of the Prime MinisterGallery

    Delays to Iraq’s 2019 Budget reflect growing political deadlock

Delays to Iraq’s 2019 Budget reflect growing political deadlock

by Ali Al-Mawlawi

As Iraq enters a new fiscal year, the proposed 2019 federal budget remains stuck in parliament with few signs that a deal will be reached soon. The delay in passing the budget is symptomatic of the growing political intransigence that is most acutely exhibited in parliament. Twelve weeks after assuming office, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s cabinet is […]

National Identity and the Emirati State

by Courtney Freer
This is the introduction to a series of memos presented as part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 5 October 2018, looking at national identity and the Emirati state. 

Existing literature on state-sponsored or manufactured identity formation tends to focus on historical examples[1] since most states have already undergone this process. The case of the United Arab […]

  • Permalink Syrian refugees queue to be registered on the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Arsal. Source: UNHCR/M. Hofer/November 2013Gallery

    Protracted Conflicts and Public Health: Re-thinking Geographies of Health Care Provision in the Middle East

Protracted Conflicts and Public Health: Re-thinking Geographies of Health Care Provision in the Middle East

by Yasmine Kherfi

While conflicts across the Middle East gain a lot of media traction, their broader implications on the future of health care provision across the region tend to be overlooked. Medical neutrality, fundamental to sustaining global health and humanitarian efforts, is increasingly being undermined in armed conflicts. In countries like Yemen and Syria, alongside the high human toll […]

  • Permalink A female protester holding up a banner calling for the boycott of elections in Bahrain, 2014. Source: Faten BushehriGallery

    Bahrain’s Elections and the Exclusion of the Political Opposition

Bahrain’s Elections and the Exclusion of the Political Opposition

by Daniel Wickham

Bahrain’s elections this week are likely to deliver a parliament devoid of opposition representation and dominated, like the current one, by independent MPs rather than political societies (Bahrain’s version of political parties, which are outlawed in the country). Most of the opposition has been excluded from the process, with dissolved opposition societies, including al-Wefaq, the Shia Islamist […]

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