Issue 1188 PDF: Moderate Pezeshkian takes on conservative rivals in Iran’s presidential election race

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Issue 1188 - 21 Jun 2024

The issue leads with Iran, where an election campaign is under way whose outcome is likely to hinge on how many apathetic voters can be persuaded to turn out and how many conservative contenders decide to pull out before polling day on 28 June.

GSN examines concerns about Saudi Arabia's King Salman health, which were given added momentum when Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) stayed away from the G7 summit in Italy.

Politics coverage includes a focus on Kuwait, where former prime minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al- Hamad Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah has been named crown prince, becoming the first member of the ruling Al- Sabah family’s Hamad branch to hold the position.

Defence and security coverage examines news of a US Air Force Office of Special Investigations inquiry into a planned support services contract at an Iraqi airbase, following allegations over kickbacks and claims of links between a local subcontractor and Iran-backed militias.

Wealth watch focuses on Riyadh's latest moves to raises funds for PIF via debt issuance and an Aramco share sale.

Energy and industry news includes a look at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s decision to buy a 10% stake in Mozambique’s offshore Area 4 concession from Portugal’s Galp.

GSN’s latest Qatar Risk management report examines how, since the end of the football World Cup, which shaped economic strategy between 2010 and 2022, the government has turned back to natural gas, while making efforts to promote Doha as a global hub and diplomatic player.

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim and prime minister and foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman are the first in a new series of GSN profiles of senior members of Qatar’s ruling Al-Thani family.

The GSN View focuses on the clear gulf opening up between Saudi Arabia and the UAE on their approach to artificial intelligence (AI), in light of the intense competition between the United States and China over the development and use of the potentially transformative technology.


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