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    Strategic Territorial Targeting of Public Resources in Turkey: Local Winners and Losers

Strategic Territorial Targeting of Public Resources in Turkey: Local Winners and Losers

by Melani Cammett and Davide Luca

On 31 March 2019, Turkey will hold municipal and metropolitan elections. The polls, a test for the strength of the local level support for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), come amidst significant macroeconomic turmoil. Over the last 12 months, inflation has climbed more than 11 percent on an annual basis, while the […]

March 20th, 2019|Featured, Turkey|0 Comments|
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    Khashoggi and Ben Barka: Victims of Rogue Leaders or Rogue Systems?

Khashoggi and Ben Barka: Victims of Rogue Leaders or Rogue Systems?

by Nael Shama

The tragic death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was an eye-opener, directing the world’s attention to Saudi Arabia’s inner dynamics and regional policies. Yet, in assuming that Khashoggi’s ominous fate was caused by a power-hungry, wayward and rogue prince, this attention has failed to see that what happened in Istanbul was but a microcosm of an entire […]

February 13th, 2019|Featured, GCC, North Africa|0 Comments|
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    The Bishop and the Prime Minister: Mediating Conflict in the Nineveh Plains

The Bishop and the Prime Minister: Mediating Conflict in the Nineveh Plains

by Mac Skelton and Karam Bahnam

Situated 30 kilometres from the centre of Mosul city, many Iraqi Christians consider Qaraqosh the cultural and symbolic centre of Christianity in Iraq. During August 2014–October 2016, when the town was occupied by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the total evacuation of its population and destruction of its infrastructure led to concerns […]

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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|1 Comment|
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    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 […]

January 14th, 2019|Featured, Iraq|1 Comment|

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