Insights on the Middle East from Singapore
News Roundup: 17th June - 23rd June 2017   
Posted on 23 June 2017

 

Saudi Arabia’s Royal Shake-up

In a royal decree issued on Thursday, King Salman of Saudi Arabia ousted his nephew Mohammed bin Nayef as crown prince, replacing him with his son Mohammed bin Salman. The unprecedented move has been viewed by many as corollary of the kingdom’s changing political landscape.

 

Qatar Ordered to Comply with Arab States

Qatar was issued [---]

MEI Kaleidoscope | Communicating Dissent in Bahrain   
Posted on 21 June 2017

By Charlotte Schriwer

21 June 2017

 

Protest graffiti in Barbar village, Bahrain, by the ‘Ahrar Barbar’ movement

 

Since February 14 2011, Bahrain has experienced heightened social tensions following on the series of popular revolts that began in Tunisia in 2010 and have since profoundly affected much of the Middle East and North Africa. Bahrain’s uprising, which culminated in a massive protest around the capital Manama’s most famous landmark, the Pearl Roundabout, was quashed in a matter of [---]

Reconstruction in the Middle East | Iran’s Post-war Reconstruction   
Posted on 20 June 2017

Written by Imad Alatas

Introduction

Iran’s domestic landscape on the social, political, and educational (including scientific) fronts have been altered considerably by the eight-year war with Iraq (1980-88). These changes have simultaneously challenged Iran on different directions both domestically and in the international arena.

Post-War Social Mobility

On the eve of its revolution in 1979, the demographics of Iran indicated that the country was primarily rural, with about 75-80% of its population (of around 35 million at the time) living in rural areas and the remaining 20-25% making the urban population. [---]

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