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The Swiss, Qatar and Neutrality 14, September 2009

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…was published in the Egypt Daily News…do go have a read.

Article catch up 19, May 2009

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A few days away from the Internet leaves a veritable mountain to sift through when returning, hence a list of interesting articles over that last few days that I don’t quite have the time to write about in a more extended fashion:

  • Greg Gause’s excellent article at the National about the GCC, Iran and US relationship. Summary articles don’t come any better than this.
  • Nye in the Egypt Daily News on America’s apparent reconsideration of its democracy promotion campaign.
  • Stratfor on the limited success of Saudi’s de-radicalization programme.
  • Greg Gause on Marc Lynch’s Foreign Policy blog on the Kuwait elections. Positive as it may well be to have four women elected to parliament, which it indeed is, it does not solve the underlying problems in the country’s system.
  • A probably spurious article on Iranian Press TV about the oppression of Saudi’s Shias and their (very) alleged declaration of ‘The Republic of Eastern Arabia’
  • A good NYT article discussing Norway’s distinctive character and its sovereign wealth fund that has led it to succeed in today’s troubled financial times. Hat Tip: Emirates Economist.

UAE Torture, the Divine Right of Kings and Qatar 10, May 2009

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Do see my latest article over the Egypt Daily News “UAE Torture, the Divine Right of Kings and Qatar”  discussing Gulf society in light of the recent UAE torture scandle…