Research

‘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 […]

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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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    Security and Governance in the Disputed Territories Under a Fractured GOI: The Case of Northern Diyala

Security and Governance in the Disputed Territories Under a Fractured GOI: The Case of Northern Diyala

by Zmkan Ali Saleem, Mac Skelton and Christine M. van den Toorn

In October 2017, the Kurdish Regional Government’s (KRG) political and military hold over large swaths of the disputed territories evaporated overnight. A mix of military forces and militias backed by the Government of Iraq (GOI) overwhelmed Kurdish Peshmerga forces, quickly taking over strategic areas of Diyala, Salahadin, Ninawa, and […]

November 14th, 2018|Iraq, Research|0 Comments|
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    ‘Pockets of Media Civicness’ in a Conflictual Political Landscape: A Case Study of Iraqi Media

‘Pockets of Media Civicness’ in a Conflictual Political Landscape: A Case Study of Iraqi Media

by Aida Al-Kaisy

In a landscape driven by political ownership and partisan media, what possibility is there for the media to fulfil its role as watchdog, calling those in positions of power to account?

The media as battlefield is not a new concept. For a strong democracy to function, the media is considered an essential spoke in the democratic wheel, a chance […]

November 7th, 2018|Iraq, Research|0 Comments|
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    The Middle Eastern Health Inequality Paradox and the Gender Obesity Gap

The Middle Eastern Health Inequality Paradox and the Gender Obesity Gap

by Joan Costa-i-Font and Mario Gyori

Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975, with 39 percent of adults overweight in 2016 and 13 percent obese. Today the overweight population exceeds the underweight population worldwide, which remains true even for the majority of middle-income countries. Obesity is associated with several chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type II […]

October 31st, 2018|Research|2 Comments|

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