Khaleej

Arabic: Al-Khaleej. English: the Gulf. Our bloggers dive for pearls of wisdom on the Arabian Peninsula. ‘Khaleej’ follows the economic, political and social trends in this fast-developing promontory of the Arab World.



Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
on : Wednesday, 16 Apr, 2014

Rebooting Gulf-China Trade

Two of the most important blocs in the shifting global economy came together in March, when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang used the visit of Crown Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia to express his country’s interest in restarting stalled negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between China and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The visit came two months after the resumption of the GCC–China Strategic Dialogue in January 2014 following a hiatus of more than two years, caused in part by disagre...

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Catherine Shakdam
Written by :
on : Wednesday, 9 Apr, 2014

Ministry of Apathy

Back in March, Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi announced a change in leadership at the Interior Ministry. Most Yemenis watched the appointment of Maj. Gen. Abdo Al-Tarab as Interior Minister with some degree of weary amusement, assuming that such a move was meant to benefit one faction or another rather the country itself. Disillusioned with politicians’ commitment to reform, most Yemenis long ago lost faith in the central government, having witnessed firsthand the ease with which ...

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Abubakr Al-Shamahi
Written by :
on : Thursday, 3 Apr, 2014

The March of the Houthis

Hamdan is a rural area around 19 miles (30 kilometers) northwest of Sana’a. Last month, it was the scene of heavy fighting between Houthi fighters and local tribesmen, and is per...

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Thomas W. Lippman
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on : Thursday, 27 Mar, 2014

After Oil, Industry

Most of the news from Saudi Arabia and its Gulf neighbors in recent months has focused on security and foreign policy issues, especially the split within the Gulf Cooperation Counc...

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Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
on : Wednesday, 19 Mar, 2014

Back to the Negotiating Table

Three recent developments have highlighted Kuwait’s burgeoning potential role as a regional mediator. Lebanon’s Speaker of Parliament, Nabih Berri, used a visit to Kuwait to ur...

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Catherine Shakdam
Written by :
on : Saturday, 15 Mar, 2014

Al-Qaeda’s Southern Resurgence

While Yemen continues to make headway when it comes to its transition of power, having already successfully completed the most sensitive stage of its institutional overhaul through...

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James Spencer
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on : Wednesday, 12 Mar, 2014

Big Plans, Big Problems?

On February 10, 2014, it was announced that the Regions Committee had recommended that the Republic of Yemen become a six-region federal state. The proposal would be included in th...

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Thomas W. Lippman
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on : Thursday, 6 Mar, 2014

Another First for Saudi Women

My friend Khaled Almaeena is going out in style. Retiring as editor of the Saudi Gazette, he chose as his successor Somayya Jabarti, a longtime colleague—who happens to be a ...

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Abubakr Al-Shamahi
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on : Wednesday, 5 Mar, 2014

Sanctioning You-Know-Who

UN Security Council Resolution 2140 is being billed both as the helping hand that Yemen’s democratic transition needs and as further evidence of international interference in...

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Michael Stephens
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on : Sunday, 2 Mar, 2014

On the March to a New Social Contract

Something interesting is happening in the social politics of the Gulf: in the last few months, both Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have passed legislation that will requi...

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