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Israel soldiers

Gaza flare up jeopardises 2012 ceasefire

The 2012 ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian faction that controls the Gaza Strip, seems ready to fall apart. In retaliation for the assassination of three Islamic Jihad leaders on March 11, the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad fired 130 rockets and shells at neighboring Israeli cities. Islamic Jihad’s Operation Breaking the Silence […]

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The Turkmenistan-China pipeline

Russia is eying China to expand energy ties with Asia

As Europe aims to diversify its energy sources, Russia is looking to the East to develop links with the more energy-prospective Asian markets. In June 2013, Russia’s oil giant Rosneft formalised a deal with the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) to supply the Chinese market with 26 billion barrels of oil over a 25 year […]

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Western energy companies to re-enter Iran’s oil and gas sector

The interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme with the international community began on January 20, and Iran has  taken steps to attract foreign investments in its neglected oil and gas sector. Iran is planning to increase its oil production by an additional 1 million barrels per day (mb/d) in 2014, provided that negotiations result in […]

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Sustainability fears drive water investment in the Gulf

Representatives from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states met recently in Kuwait to discuss the construction of a new pipeline in the region. At a projected cost of $10.5 billion for 2000km it would be one of the world’s longest and most expensive pipelines. However, rather than oil it will carry something of even more value. […]

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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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Interview: High Oil Prices Are Here to Stay

There has been a lot of market anxiety over the recent surge in oil prices. Crude oil prices have hit a two-year high. Many believe this is because of traders’ fears over the recent talk of potential U.S. intervention in Syria. Basim Al-Ahmadi, co-founder of GRI, sat down with Oskar Slingerland, who was an oil industry […]

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Al Jazeera America AJAM

Al Jazeera America Enters US Market: Will It Be Viable?

For many Americans, their first encounter with Al Jazeera was in 2001, when the network aired video recordings of Osama Bin Laden after the September 11 attacks. With no further context to inform their viewpoints, Americans associated the Qatari media giant with Islamic terrorism. On Tuesday last week, Al Jazeera America (AJAM) aired its first […]

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Afghan presidential election

Complications Lie Ahead for Afghanistan’s Election Reform

With the Afghan presidential election scheduled for April 2014, just three months after U.S. troops begin withdrawing from the Afghan combat mission, reforms to the previously highly flawed Afghan electoral system have never seemed more important. Fortunately, last month, the Afghan National Assembly and President Karzai approved several reforms to the Afghan electoral process, which, […]

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Doha, Qatar

Competitiveness Report Digest Part I of II: Gulf Countries

On the occasion of its meeting at the Dead Sea in May 2013, the World Economic Forum (WEF) collaborated with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to author the Arab World Competitiveness Report 2013. This post provides the first digest of that report’s central findings on the Gulf countries. On Saturday, GRI will bring […]

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Halal store in Malaysia

Globalisation of the Halal Industry

The market for halal products is a fast-growing, interconnected industry of global proportions. There are over 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, making for a sizable consumer base. Meanwhile, the halal market, comprising both food and non-food products, generates an estimated $2.1 trillion per year. This industry deserves attention in a range of sectors (not just from […]

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