Omar Al-Ubaydli

Omar Al-Ubaydli

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Omar Al-Ubaydli is a researcher at Derasat, Bahrain. He tweets @omareconomics.

The time is right for an EU-GCC researcher exchange program

The EU and GCC need one another more than ever, but important institutional barriers must be overcome. Establishing a program for the exchange of researchers between the two blocs would grease the......

The true meaning of retweets not endorsed

Many twitter profiles declare that “retweets do not imply endorsement.” The standard interpretation of this innocuous statement is the user is someone with an open mind who likes to discuss......

How researchers will evolve with Chat GPT

The November 2022 release of artificial intelligence wizard ChatGPT has left many academics fearing for their livelihoods, both as scholars whose research skills are made redundant, and as teachers......

Why rich people love international awards and rankings

We all envy rich people for their ability to get what they want. However, the ease of securing material possessions is matched by a difficulty in obtaining authentic affection, because rich people......

Oil market conspiracy theories originate from non-economists

Few topics get Western journalists as hot under the collar as OPEC. When they grab their keyboards, they often produce conspiracy theories that read like rants by Morpheus from the Matrix. A key......

Arab intellectuals will ensure the failure of Arab nationalism 2.0

The World Cup has helped revive Arab nationalism, fueled by some of the anti-Arab racism exhibited by Westerners during the last two months. However, Arab intellectuals’ persistent inability to......

Arabs need more research grants and fewer research prizes

The Arab world allocates too much of its research expenditure to prizes for the best scholarship, and not enough to grants for research that is yet to be done. This reflects a fear of the unknown by......

Arabs don’t do enough research on Middle East security

Forging a sustainable security architecture for the Middle East is a complex problem, and solving it requires high quality research. Most of the existing scholarship is done by people from outside the......