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UAE faces fresh allegations of torture and enforced disappearance

On 14 September, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a damning account of torture in UAE prisons, detailing the alleged mistreatment of two Syrian prisoners, the enforced disappearance of one of the so-called UAE Seven, and concerns over the health of up to 60 civil society activists still being held without charge.

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Talks continue, but prospects for Gulf Union remain as remote as ever

When foreign ministers of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) met recently in Jeddah to discuss (among other issues) proposals for a Gulf Union, the outcome – in so far as there was one – was further delay.

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Sanctions target Tehran, but it is West that is losing goodwill

When devastating earthquakes hit Iran’s north-east on 11 August, questions were raised about the impact of sanctions on the rescue of survivors.

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Oil export dispute pushes Kurds into heart of regional crisis

Lured by a combination of extraordinary prospectivity and attractive fiscal terms, international oil companies (IOCs) are more and more prepared to discount the political risks of signing production-sharing contracts (PSCs) with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

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Token Olympians are no substitute for equality

After much suspense (and presumably some arm twisting), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on 12 July that Saudi Arabia was sending two women to participate in the London Olympic Games.

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Lon-Doha: Qatar is redrawing the British capital’s skyline

When Western Europe’s tallest building, a 310 metre (1,016ft) vertical city of offices, restaurants, apartments and luxury hotel rooms, is officially inaugurated on 5 July, Britons can expect a spectacle.

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What good an independent parliament if nothing ever gets done?

The announcement on 20 June that the February election in Kuwait was unconstitutional was an unexpected twist in a political drama already thick with confrontations, resignations and involuntary vacations.

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Gulf governments need a big public case to prove anti-corruption drive

Two thirds of business executives in the Middle East believe corruption is widespread, with backhanders, facilitation payments and bribes often used to win contracts, according to an April report by Ernst & Young.

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Ghosts of the British Empire linger on in Bahrain

It was on the occasion of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 that Rudyard Kipling penned his ‘Recessional’, a hymnic warning about the inevitable decline of the British Empire.

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Domestic instability and Eurozone crisis weigh heavy on region

With oil prices booming, 2011 should have been a year of high growth for many economies in the Gulf and wider Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.

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Bahrain's Economic Performance

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Gulf boundaries and hydrocarbons infrastructure

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The Gulf region: economy and society

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Iraqi Kurdistan hydrocarbons infrastructure map

Revised in January 2015, this map provides a detailed overview of hydrocarbons infrastructure in the Kurdistan area of Iraq.

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Saudi interest in Syria shifts towards the Kurdish east

Omani state minister for foreign affairs Yusuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah’s 7 July visit to Damascus was the most high-level...

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Bahrain ‘workshop’ consolidates Trump ties, alienates Arab Street

Bahrain basked in a return to international prominence, as Manama hosted the 25-26 June Peace to Prosperity conference –...

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UAE: MBZ’s emerging legacy: a nation-state forged from conflict

The creation of a “national military ethos” in the UAE, involving Ras Al-Khaimah (RAK) and other northern emirates, has been increasingly observed since GSN began analysing in 2015 the pattern of military deaths in Yemen and growth of nationalist symbolism around ‘martyrs’ of the Yemen conflict. It is a process that continues to gather momentum.

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30 September-3 October

Global Health Safety and Environment Conference

Kingdom of Bahrain

14-16 October

Middle East Process Engineering Conference & Exhibition (MEPEC)

Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre

14-16 October

World Petroleum Council (WPC) Downstream Conference

Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre

14-16 October

Leadership Excellence for Women Awards & Symposium

Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre

19-21 November

Middle East Electricity Saudi

Riyadh International Convention Center, Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

9-10 December

Oman Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit

Crowne Plaza Hotel Muscat

10-12 December

Middle East Artificial Lift Forum (MEALF)

Muscat, Oman

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