Rouhani’s First Quarter: The Economic Scorecard

Rouhani’s First Quarter: The Economic Scorecard

After suffering the effects of decades of crippling sanctions, the Iranian economy has been afforded some breathing room in recent months. Mild relief has come as a result of a deal negotiated in november last year, whereby the P5+1 agreed to relax a limited number of international sanctions in return for Iranian concessions on nuclear […]

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Egypt’s Rudderless Economy and the Persistence of Structural Fault-lines

Egypt’s Rudderless Economy and the Persistence of Structural Fault-lines

The Egyptian economy has for decades suffered from deep structural economic problems, including high unemployment, inflation, poor infrastructure, and a chronic fiscal deficit. Hopes that the post-Mubarak era would allow for meaningful economic reform and restructuring have gradually faded, while the distribution of economic power and the Mubarak-era economic structure remain more or less intact. […]

EU and Israel Agree to Disagree on Horizon 2020

EU and Israel Agree to Disagree on Horizon 2020

Last July, we reported on an EU decision which would prohibit Israel from spending European funds on projects in occupied Palestinian territory. Although this move is unlikely to have a major impact on the Israeli economy, it was considered a major stumbling block for Israel’s participation in Horizon 2020 – the EU’s flagship programme for […]

Iran Deal: Turkey’s “zero problems with neighbours” Foreign Policy Comes Under Increasing Strain

Iran Deal: Turkey’s “zero problems with neighbours” Foreign Policy Comes Under Increasing Strain

Much has been said about how the recent nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 will affect geopolitics in the Middle East; and in particular how key US allies – Saudi Arabia and Israel – have demonstrated their unease with prospects for any rapprochement between Iran and the West. But where does Turkey, a key […]

The Iran Deal: Beyond Nuclear Proliferation

The Iran Deal: Beyond Nuclear Proliferation

The interim agreement reached on November 24 in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear program has been greeted by most as a step in the right direction. In exchange for limited relief from some international sanctions, Iran has committed to rolling back parts of its nuclear program and freezing others, while allowing for IAEA inspections. As the […]

‘Brand’ Qatar, Migrant Labour and the World Cup

‘Brand’ Qatar, Migrant Labour and the World Cup

When Qatar reaches news headlines, it usually relates to the state’s hyper-active foreign policy. Over the past decade, Qatar has built a high diplomatic profile both in the Middle East and as a global player. Since the onset of the Arab Spring, the small but immensely wealthy state has taken a particularly active role in […]

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The Army and the Economy in Egypt

The Army and the Economy in Egypt

The commanding heights of the Egyptian economy have for decades been populated by groups – Mubarak’s NDP, the Military, and until recently the Muslim Brotherhood – that have been notoriously unwilling to undertake meaningful and desperately needed economic reforms. While many saw the uprisings as a potential driver of radical change, problems such as high […]

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The Kingdom and the Arab Uprisings

The Kingdom and the Arab Uprisings

In a report earlier this year, veteran Middle East scholar Gregory Gause addressed the question of how, given the level of unrest in the region, Gulf Monarchies have survived the Arab Uprisings. While Saudi Arabia shares some of the preconditions which led to unrest elsewhere in the Middle East—including high levels of state corruption and […]

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