The Uneven Progress of Economic Reform in Gulf Arab States

by Robert Mogielnicki

Gulf Arab states have made demonstrable strides in certain areas of economic reform since 2015. The imposition of new taxes and fees have increased non-hydrocarbon revenue streams; however, generous government handouts, loopholes in policy designs and misguided commercial initiatives limited the overall impact of reform efforts. The region’s developing tax systems – namely the value-added and excise taxes […]

December 5th, 2019|Bahrain, GCC, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi, UAE|0 Comments|

Partition: The Only Solution to End Yemen’s Crisis

by Fraz Naqvi

As the conflict in Yemen approaches its fifth year, the series of catastrophic events seems to intensify with each passing day. Divided between two parallel authorities – the Houthis in the north and Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi’s government in the south – the country has been ravaged as both parties try desperately to subdue the other. The situation […]

November 4th, 2019|Saudi, Yemen|0 Comments|

Saudi–Turkish Relations: Is a Rapprochement Possible?

by Umer Karim

Since October 2018, Saudi–Turkish bilateral ties have been hamstrung by the Khashoggi affair. However, some recent developments suggest that the Turkish side has tried to reach out to Saudi King Salman in a possible bid for a rapprochement with the Kingdom. Nevertheless, the Saudis do not appear to have forgotten the episode and are leveraging their economic […]

August 22nd, 2019|Saudi, Turkey|1 Comment|

All Boys Together: Art and Contemporary Saudi Society

by Sean Foley

On 8 May 2019, Prince Badr bin Farhan, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture, presided over the opening of his country’s pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale, one of the world’s premier art exhibitions. The pavilion, which highlighted Saudi Arabia’s art and culture, came as a surprise to many Middle East experts. In their view, most Saudis are […]

June 12th, 2019|Saudi|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – ‘Changing Saudi Arabia: Art, Culture, and Society in the Kingdom’ by Sean Foley

Book Review – ‘Changing Saudi Arabia: Art, Culture, and Society in the Kingdom’ by Sean Foley

by Courtney Freer
As Saudi Arabia grapples with changes both external and internal, Sean Foley’s ‘systematic’ study demonstrates the role of culture and art in driving societal shifts. Furthermore, he ‘explains that art and cultural production should no longer be considered separate from ‘real politics’ in the Muslim world’.

With Mohammad bin Salman’s rise to power in Saudi Arabia and his […]

April 29th, 2019|Book Reviews, Saudi|0 Comments|

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