Israel Allied With the Gulf Countries Against Iran?
Nazeeha Said, 12 December
Despite their condemnation of Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, several Gulf countries, primarily Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, have opened channels of dialogue with Israel. It is supposed to face the “Iranian threat”, but are their citizens ready to accept the (...)
A Tale of Two Evils: ISIS is Gone, but the Tobacco Industry Remains
Faisal Abualhassan, 4 December
Smoking was the first act of many people released from control of the Islamic state. Yet cigarettes remain a major danger in the Arab world, which is subject to the pressures and manoeuvres of the tobacco industry.
It’s an emblematic symbol of liberation from ISIS across Iraq and Syria. (...)
Fertility and Marriage in the Middle East: Paradoxical Trends
Françoise de Bel-Air, 6 June
The demographic transition in most Arab countries seemed irreversible. The levels of childbearing were steadily declining. And yet suddenly they have begun to rise, a rare occurrence in any society. The reasons are many, complex and overturn common beliefs.
Arab demography has given rise to (...)
How the Environment Became a Communications Instrument in the Gulf
COP22 From Rhetoric to Action
Akram Belkaid, November 2016
The discourse on preserving the environment and saving energy has been assimilated by leaders of the Gulf, in a region on the frontline of climate change. However, as in many cases, beyond communication efforts the reality is much less ecological.
The scene takes place in September 2015 in (...)
Oman says No to Saudi Arabia
Marc Cher-Leparrain, January 2014
Unlike Saudi Arabia, locked into its hostility toward Iran, Oman has always been able to maintain good neighbouring policy with the Islamic Republic. While Riyadh sees Shia Iran as a dangerous political and religious rival to its own hegemony in the Gulf, Muscat sees it as a natural and (...)