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How the GCC can prepare for digital revolution in warfare

Thursday, 15 February 2018

GCC countries need to prepare for the next wave of change in military technology. Armed forces across the world are increasingly integrating digital technology, artificial intelligence, and robotics into defence platforms and military operations. In the foreseeable future the armies of developed countries will deploy robotic vehicles, whether for transport or combat, providing them with a significant combat and intelligence advantage. GCC governments will need policies to deal with these new ...

Haroon Sheikh

Why Britain needs to forge closer ties with the GCC

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The recent capture by US-led Kurdish forces of Alexander Kotey and El Shafee el-Sheikh, the two remaining British members of the so-called ‘Beatles’ group of ISIS militants, is a further welcome sign of the dissipation of the ISIS death cult across Syria and Iraq. Both men stand accused of brutal acts of torture and execution of as many as two dozen hostages. The pair are among the 850 British citizens who are thought to have joined extremist organizations abroad in the past years. ...

Najah Alotaibi

IMF chief urges Arab states to contain spending

Monday, 12 February 2018

IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Saturday urged Arab countries to reduce public wage bills and subsidies in order to rein in spending, achieve sustainable growth and create jobs.Speaking at the one-day Arab Fiscal Forum in Dubai, Lagarde welcomed “promising” reforms adopted by some Arab countries, but insisted much more was needed to overcome daunting economic and social problems.Low oil prices are weighing on the finances of Arab oil exporters, while importers are battling with rising ...

Unified GCC system to monitor speeding soon

Sunday, 11 February 2018

The Gulf Cooperation Council will soon implement a unified system to monitor speeding on roads in member countries. “This automatic system will be implemented very soon,” said a senior officer in the Eastern Province Traffic Department. The new system will be introduced in coordination with the Customs Department in the member countries. The officer also said women holding international licenses can approach the offices of Traffic Police to obtain a Saudi driving license. The ...

Hollywood, movies, and the GCC: what is there in common?

Sunday, 11 February 2018

I would like to argue that the answer to the question ‘what do Hollywood, the BBC drama ‘McMafia’, and the GCC states have in common’ is the possibility of top-class movie production.The idea of using the film or movie industry generally, or specific film industries such as Hollywood or Bollywood, is rooted in well-known concepts such as soft power and place branding, which are considered essential political tools for successful power. Soft power is ‘the ability to ...

Diana Galeeva

Inviting affection, the Qatari way

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

We no longer hear much about the dispute with Qatar except from Qatar’s side. Doha’s rivals are now paying attention to other issues like Iran, Yemen and their international and regional relations.This has angered Qatar which wants its dispute with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt to be an affair that occupies the international public opinion.Sovereign rights allow each country to be free when choosing friends and whom it wants to open its markets to. Preventing the Saudi ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Qatar rejects evidence related to Iran’s involvement in destabilizing the region

Friday, 2 February 2018

Qatar has rejected the evidence presented against Iran by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain which proves its involvement in activities aimed at destabilizing the region. The state openly rejected several pieces of evidence simply because they were brought to light by the boycotting countries. Doha also expanded and reinforced its cooperation with Tehran on various levels. READ ALSO: Qatar looking into using Iranian island for World Cup 2022 The event occurred simultaneously to ...

Qatar in crisis as HSBC turns down leading role on new dollar bond

Saturday, 27 January 2018

A boycott of Qatar by its neighbors has prompted HSBC to turn down a leading role on Doha’s new dollar bond as the bank treads a political tightrope in the Gulf, four banking sources familiar with the decision told Reuters. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in June cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar, which they accuse of backing terrorism. The move initially hit Qatar’s growth but by the end of 2017 its economy had largely recovered. The Qatari ...

Kuwait response to Duterte’s ‘maid rapes’ claims: ‘We are confused’

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Kuwait has stressed that it is still waiting for details on the deaths and rapes reported by Philippine’s President Duterte, according to Deputy Foreign Minister of Kuwait, Khalid Al-Jarallah. He added “We have already expressed our regret and surprise. Again, we are sorry and surprised when we hear such statements by the President of the Philippines, especially as we have explained to the Philippine officials our position on the cases, and asked them to identify the cases they ...

UN report proves Iran’s involvement in arming Houthis with ballistic missiles

Saturday, 13 January 2018

U.N. experts say Iran violated a U.N. arms embargo by directly or indirectly providing missiles and drones to the Houthis in Yemen. According to excerpts, the 79-page report paints a devastating picture of the Arab world's poorest nation. "After nearly three years of conflict, Yemen as a state has all but ceased to exist," the report said. U.N. experts traveled to Saudi Arabia in November and December and examined remnants of missiles fired by the Houthis in those months as well as in ...

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