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Jordan’s economy weathers the storm of Syrian refugees

Handling the influx of Syrian refugees into Jordan requires a significant commitment of resources. Will the demands of this situation ultimately prove detrimental? Or will they in fact stimulate the Jordanian economy? The Za’atari refugee camp on the northern border of Jordan encapsulates the problems and opportunities the Jordanian economy is facing. Formerly a small […]

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Future fiscal tightening forces Kuwait to consider welfare reform

Back in mid-October, Finance Minister Sheikh Salem Adbulaziz al-Sabah suggested that Kuwait should review its subsidies system. At the end of the month, Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah called the welfare system “unsustainable” in a programme sent to lawmakers ahead of the opening of parliament. Then, last weekend, the Kuwaiti government announced plans […]

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Qatar model holds potential and risks for small-state development

Qatar is one of the world’s smallest states, but it also has one of the largest gas reserves. Small and wealthy, Qatar’s policies have echoed elsewhere. Is it a guide for other small states to follow? Qatar has the third largest gas reserves in the world valued by BP at 33.6 trillion cubic meters. In […]

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Sudan’s Arab Spring?

Protests erupted in Khartoum after Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir announced the elimination of fuel subsidies last week. The question remains whether al-Bashir’s regime can weather these riots and restore political and economic stability to Sudan or if his regime will be threatened by a Sudanese Arab Spring. Since Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s announcement […]

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A Sudanese Spring?

With its neighbors roiled in the messy aftermath of the Arab Spring, some have expressed hope that Sudan will be the next chip to fall to popular revolution. The most recent protests, which began only in late September, are the third in a wave since 2011 against the the 24-year regime of Sudanese President Omar […]

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Libyan Government and Militias Vie for Power

Almost two years after former Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed, the political situation in the country is not living up to the promise of the revolution. The life of an average Libyan is now more than ever before riddled with uncertainty about jobs, security and the democratic process. The many armed groups […]

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Syria’s Civil War Has Environmental Origins

In the middle of a bloody conflict, chemical weapons use and threats of Western intervention it is easy to forget that two years ago, as the Arab Spring swept through North Africa and the Middle East, Syria was considered by international security analysts to be a country unsusceptible to  the threat of internal unrest. By […]

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Egypt gas shortage

The Real Reason High Oil Prices Lead to Instability

Businesses rarely gain from political instability so trying to predict unrest is a critical activity for any entity investing in a volatile corner of the world. One of the factors most often cited as contributing to unrest is high oil prices. Drawing a link between rising oil prices and political instability is not particularly novel. […]

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Jordanian Tech a New “Voice” for the Arab Spring

It is podcast meets Twitter. Available in English and Arabic, Sowt (meaning “voice” in Arabic) allows users to share with the world an audio message lasting forty-two seconds or fewer. Hazem Zureiqat, a Jordanian civil engineer, started this new social media platform in March 2013 with his siblings, Dana and Tarek. Given the grassroots nature […]

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Moroccan Government Begins to Unravel

On 10 July 2013, the Istiqlal party announced its spontaneous departure from the Moroccan government. As the second largest political party within the Moroccan parliament, forming part of the governing coalition along with the Islamist Justice and Development party (PJD), the repercussions of their exit are yet unknown. The PJD must now either find new […]

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