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Risk Management Report – GSN Risk Grade – D↓4↓ Overview Politics: Disagreements between the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and the federal Iraqi government in Baghdad have been a source of major tensions. The 2005 constitution gave the KRI an identity distinct from Iraq, as a federal entity recognised by Iraq and the United Nations; the 2010 Erbil agreement outlined how power would be shared. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has long protested these agreements’ lack of implementation.

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GSN’s year-end Perspective/Agenda feature provides a look back – and forwards – at key events across the region in 2020-21. It gives an opportunity to update the Risk Grades included with each of our regular Risk management reports. After another year of tragedy, Yemen is effectively a failed state (rated F6, the bottom political and financial grades). Qatar has shown itself to be robust in the face of its neighbours’ boycott, its finances warranting an upgrade to 1, putting it on a par with the UAE. Iraq’s political standoffs and financial woes remain deeply troubling, but the situation is improving rather than deteriorating and the prospect of higher oil prices next year should help further; it has been upgraded from E5↑ to D4↓. Oman’s fiscal challenges continue to mount, prompting a downgrade of its economic rating to 3. 

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Issue 1118 - 21 January 2021

Bahrain/UAE: US major security partners

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In one of its last decisions on the region, the Trump administration on 15 January designated the UAE and Bahrain as “major security partners” of the United States. A White House statement described the move as recognising the “exceptional security partnership” and commitment of both countries to counter extremism in the region.

Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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While analysts were puzzling over who would succeed Sultan Qaboos, Sayyid Haitham Bin Tariq was quietly drawing up plans for the personnel and policies he would need if – and when – he took over from the ailing  ruler. GSN understands that the recent spate of key appointments and policy announcements are the fruit of thinking that evolved while the sultan’s uncle, who died one year ago, was still alive. These moves are refashioning Oman as Haitham would like – with the prospect of a few more eye-catching announcements to come as the sultan completes the initial implementation of his plans.

Oman
Issue 1118 - 21 January 2021

Oman: UK frigate repaired at Duqm

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Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose has undergone a four-week programme of repairs and performance improvements at Duqm Naval Dockyard, at a cost of some £506,000 ($690,000), British junior defence minister Jeremy Quin said in an answer to a written parliamentary question on 14 January.

Oman
Issue 1118 - 21 January 2021

No let up in Bahrain-Qatar tensions

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Disputes continue to fester between Doha and Manama, despite the early January Gulf Co-operation Council reconciliation deal. Bahrain has reopened its airspace to Qatari aircraft and invited Doha to send an official delegation to iron out bilateral issues, but it has also complained bitterly about its fishing boats being detained after allegedly straying into Qatari waters. The arrest of Bahraini bodybuilder Sami Al-Haddad earlier this month while on a fishing trip was a particular bone of contention.

Bahrain | Qatar
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Israel's chargé d'affaires to Bahrain Itay Tagner has held initial meetings with officials following his appointment. On 13 January, Tagner held talks with Ministry of Foreign Affairs undersecretary for international affairs Sheikh Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa.

Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Abu Dhabi has a new powerful council, created by presidential law in late December, which will oversee all financial, investment, economic, petroleum and natural resource affairs in the emirate. The Supreme Council for Financial and Economic Affairs (SCFEA) will supervise the functioning and performance of what the Emirates News Agency (WAM) called the “relevant entities”: the Department of Finance (DoF), Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (Adia), Mubadala, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and ADQ (previously known as Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company, established 2018) have been named so far.

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The Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) has started registering civilian volunteers to join a reserve force. The first recruitment phase was announced on 11 January and is open to Bahraini male relatives of BDF or National Guard members aged between 18 and 55 (the limit doesn’t apply to technicians or specialists).

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Legendary racehorse owner and businessman Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulrahman died, aged 85, on 12 January. He became interested in horse racing in the 1950s, but didn’t begin buying horses until the mid-1970s. According to specialist website bloodhorse.com, the prince will be long remembered for his “deep commitment to breeding world-class thoroughbreds, his competitive spirit at the races, his attention to detail, and for the quiet and dignified manner in which he treated everyone around him.”

Saudi Arabia
Issue 984 - 09 January 2015

State of Kuwait map

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Revised in January 2015, this map provides an overview of infrastructure in Kuwait, including major roads, urban areas and hydrocarbons infrastructure. Oil and gas pipelines, production areas, refineries, gas processing facilities and tanker terminals are shown.

Kuwait
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Emerging apparently from nowhere, the Neom development’s futuristic urban vision The Line has attracted a lot of international media attention. This is not surprising as this area of Neom alone is intended to create 380,000 jobs and contribute SR180bn ($48bn) to Saudi gross domestic product by 2030; a figure greater than neighbouring Jordan’s entire current GDP. The development will be powered entirely by hydrogen and other renewable energy, underlining the wider Neom project’s status as by far the Public Investment Fund (PIF)’s most ambitious scheme – a blend of state-of-the-art design and public relations gloss intended to ensure Saudi Arabia is associated with global innovation, rather than human rights abuses and intolerance.

Saudi Arabia
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The early plans for Neom were put together by a predictable line up of global consultants including Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Company and Oliver Wyman. Since then, a succession of international firms have won large contracts: US giant Bechtel is providing design, construction and project management services across Neom, and also overseeing utilities and a transport system. New York Stock Exchange-listed Aecom has project management work on the 45km2 Neom Bay phase one and Silver Beach districts; it also has a contract for transport and utilities and is a consultant on the Industrial City section.

Saudi Arabia
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Sultan Haitham’s sweeping changes to the Omani military’s senior ranks may raise the question of the continuance of the United Kingdom’s Loan Service arrangement, under which approximately 90 British serving personnel commanded by a British major general work in Omani uniform within all branches of the Sultan’s Armed Forces. The late Sultan Qaboos was adamant that the arrangement should remain, despite internal pressure that it should be scrapped.

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In another major statement of intent about using renewables in energy-intensive sectors previously dominated by hydrocarbons, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) on 18 January started to supply Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) with 560,000MWh/yr of solar power generated at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Solar Park (MBR Solar Park). Branding was attached to a project that gives Dubai a notable world first by producing aluminium using solar energy: EGA said the product would be marketed under the name CelestiAL.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)