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    Saudi Women: Legal Strictures Justified Under the Guise of ‘Family Values’

Saudi Women: Legal Strictures Justified Under the Guise of ‘Family Values’

by Eman Alhussein and Sara Almohamadi

In most societies, the boundary that separates the public from the private sphere is not fixed, but in the Saudi context, the line is even more permeable. Women’s legal standing in Saudi Arabia is the most obvious example of the state’s deep interference in the private sphere. Despite its attempt to dial down on moral policing, […]

March 1st, 2019|GCC|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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    Icons of the Nation: The Military Factor in the UAE’s Nation-Building

Icons of the Nation: The Military Factor in the UAE’s Nation-Building

by Eleonora Ardemagni

In the ongoing process of Emirati nation-building, the military has a salient role: in the eyes of government officials it contributes to shaping a cohesive and recognisable national identity, also differentiating the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the neighbouring monarchies. In official discourse, Emirati soldiers embody the sacrifice, sense of belonging and patriotism, that render them ‘heroes’ […]

February 1st, 2019|GCC, Yemen|0 Comments|

What to expect from the Post-Pan-Arab Media

by Jessica Watkins

A few weeks ago, the Saudi founder and Chairman of the media giant Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC), Waleed Al-Ibrahim, announced the appointment of Nabil Al-Khatib as the new General Manager of the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath transnational news channels. Al-Ibrahim, a multi-millionaire businessman who affirmed his confidence in Khatib’s ability to push the news network to ‘new heights’ has himself experienced an […]

January 24th, 2019|GCC|0 Comments|

‘Want-Avoid’: Rentier Mentality in Perspective

by Geoffrey Martin
 

One of the most serious challenges for Kuwait’s ‘Vision 2035’ series of economic reforms is the transformation of its oil dependent economy to a more dynamic private sector-led one. In the current system, public and private companies run on monopolies, subsidies, and a general lack of competition. Very rarely are employees in white collar jobs – national or […]

January 21st, 2019|GCC, Research|0 Comments|

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