Archive for November, 2013

‘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 […]

By November 22, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By November 21, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By November 15, 2013 1 Comments Read More →