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Volume 26: The Gulf: Reshaping Regional & International Norms without “Political Dynamism”   
Posted on 27 February 2017

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By Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed

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Can the GCC (Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf) states play a leadership role across the Middle East without major political change? Can Saudi Arabia and a selected number of GCC states become regional arbiters of Arab affairs without [--]

Volume 25: The Death of Muath al-Kasasbeh: the Politics of Mourning, Memory, Identity, & Power   
Posted on 08 February 2017

 

by Ronald Y. Chen[1],

(Winner of the MEI - Emirates NDB Middle East Essay Competition 2016)

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Captain[2] Muath al-Kasasbeh was a Jordanian pilot captured and subsequently killed by ISIS, or ad-Dawlah al-Islamiyah fi al-Iraq wa as-Sham in Arabic, hereafter referred to by the Arabic acronym Daesh. On February 3rd 2016, a video[3] was released showing the grotesque execution of the pilot. He stood in a cage doused [--]

Volume 24: Saudi Arabia and its Troubled Path to Reform   
Posted on 19 October 2016

By Madawi Al-Rasheed

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Saudi Arabia has long been plagued by cycles of austerity and affluence. In large part this has been due to changes in the price of crude oil, which accounts for almost 90 percent of its income. Yet these cycles may also be attributed to a history of mismanagement, lavish government spending, lack [--]

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