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Abu Dhabi’s regional realpolitik advances following Israeli deal

The UAE appears to be on a mission to reshape diplomatic realties around the region, following up its normalisation deal with Israel with a number of potentially strategic deals, but also taking initiatives, such as offering public support to Morocco for its occupation of the disputed territory of Western Sahara, which will not go down well in Algeria.

Issue 1113 - 29 October 2020

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Kadhimi struggles to maintain order with Iraqi balancing act

Mustafa Al-Kadhimi’s government is under fire – literally – from opponents and in the financial mire, as the intelligence officer turned prime minister seeks to consolidate his hold on power. As his predecessors have found to their cost, in Iraqi politics cash is king and muscle too often trumps rational management. Finance minister Ali Allawi has put forward a promising new economic reform white paper, which intends to “create a strategic and policy framework for a new Iraqi economy”

Issue 1113 - 29 October 2020

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