The Arab Spring turns into a stage for geopolitical strife

This article looks at how the Arab Spring has led to increased divisions among Islamic countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Ahmed Abdul-Rahman in Egypt discusses what has happened. It was called the "Arab Spring". Since the changes that took place in the Arab world at the end of 2010, international public opinion, especially the Western m...
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Lebanon teeters; what are the ramifications for regional geopolitics?

There is no doubt that the participation of Lebanese armed groups in the Syrian conflict reflects sectarian political divisions and threatens to seriously destabilize Lebanon. Ahmed Abdul-Rahman explains. The term "powerless state" adopted by former finance minister Georges Corm perfectly describes the situation in Lebanon. This term actually refle...
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Egypt and the Nile Dam crisis

LDC has been looking closely at the relationship between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. There's been a few articles on this website about it by Ahmad Abdel-Rahman about it. Will a war develop over water? This is another take on recent developments. By Khalid Hassan for Al Monitor Egypt weighs UAE mediation initiative in Nile dam crisis Sudan approved a...
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NZ must help to break UN paralysis on Myanmar

Myanmar, and its appalling human rights, is dominating the news in Asia/Pacific. Over 100 peaceful protesters were fired on and killed by the Myanmar police. How bad is that? Now countries in the Pacific, NZ and Australia among them, must do something about it. I read this on Tuesday. It shows how close NZ is to Myanmar. From stuff.co.nz  (RNZ...
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Geopolitical Conflicts in the Middle East

How do the Arab countries aim to respond to Iran's attempt to have more influence in the Arab region? Ahmad Abdel Rahman, who is based in Egypt, gives his explanation. The Middle East, with the Arab region at its heart, is considered one of the most targeted regions in the world by regional and international powers. This is because of its geopoliti...
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Egypt and the new geopolitical map

Relations between Egypt and Russia are getting closer, moving away from the US. How did this happen and what does it mean for geopolitics in the Middle East? Ahmad Abdel-Rahman, based in Egypt, explain why this might be. The international geopolitical map continues to change ​ and these c hanges are leading to a significant shift in the interests o...
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Iran operating new advanced centrifuges, nuclear watchdog finds

There's so much focus on Iran and what it is likely to do with its nuclear programme. Will it continue and expand it or will it dismantle it . According to an International Atomic Energy Agency report, Iran is now using IR-4 centrifuges to enrich uranium in violation of the nuclear accord. Mar 17, 2021 from Al Monitor  Iran is now enriching ur...
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COVID accelerates evolution of Gulf economies

The economic policy response to COVID-19 is an acceleration of specific trends already underway across the Gulf Cooperation Council members, variously affecting tax policy, labour market regulation and immigration policy. Mar 16, 2021 By Karen Young for Al Monitor Like many countries across emerging markets, the plan for economic recovery from the ...
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The GCC's changing role and the challenges of the region's geopolitical conflict

Ahmad Abdel- Rahman explains how changing geopolitics in the Gulf region impacts developments in the region and beyond. The Al-Ula Summit, which was held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)in January opened a new chapter of geopolitics in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Openness and reconciliation were hallmarks of the summit of the six countr...
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Strong signals and the geopolitical considerations of Sisi's visit to Sudan

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has met with the head of Sudanese Sovereignty Council,  Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. Ahmad Abdel-Rahman explains what the meeting means for the region.  The visit of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to Sudan on March 6 and his meeting with the head of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah...
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How AI can help you to invest in clean energy

The Story of "ADAM"  This article talks about  "ADAM" Artificial Intelligence. "ADAM" aims to make it possible for most people to invest in Clean Energy. Mohamad Kharkan, PhD and Soheil Servati, PhD explain. During the last three centuries, apart from the political revolutions, three major developments have taken place in the world, the I...
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Human rights come under scrutiny again in Qatar

It is rare for foreign workers to be treated well in the Gulf States. The region is rife with stories of poor living and working conditions, with all workers having their passports taken by their employees, which effectively makes these workers "slaves". They may not get paid. That is not unusual. As an ex-pat financial journalist, I had my passpor...
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COVID-19 will prolong the Middle East conflict

This article, written exclusively for LCD by Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, talks about the impact of COVID-19 on conflicts in the region. The new coronavirus (COVID-19) came at a very bad time for the Middle East. Since the US-led coalition defeated ISIS, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has struggled to achieve lasting peace. Most of the region is st...
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Geopolitical tensions inflame the Middle East economy

This article, written exclusively for LDC by Ahmad Abdel-Rahman, explains some of the tensions in the Middle East and the repercussions for the global economy. Last year  w itnessed many hot events and  a number of  global challenges which led to negative economic effects globally. However,  2020 came with the expectation t...
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Asian Arab Chamber of Commerce Inauguration

The Asian Arab Chamber of Commerce recently was inaugurated. One of our correspondents, Muhamed Riyaz, was there to see first hand what was happening. PRESS RELEASE OPENING OF ASIAN ARAB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE February 17, 2021 Hotel Residency Towers, Chennai FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LAUNCHING OF ASIAN ARAB SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE IN CHENNAI, India The ASI...
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Missing persons in the UAE: where are they?

There has been much speculation of what has happened to some people in the UAE, especially Princess Latifa, one of Sheikh Mohamed's 25 children. She has now been reported missing, according to the latest videos from the BBC. For those who have lived in the UAE, this is not surprising. There are also concerns about how the Palestinians are coping in...
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MFAT approved exports for military equipment to Saudi Arabia's forces

10:46 am on 15 February 2021 The New Zealand Government continues to be under fire for its activities in Saudi Arabia- and, in my opinion, rightly so. Should NZ be more cognisant with what is happening in the Middle East? Is pleading ignorance about deals done in the Middle East by the government and government-backed entities good enough? Has the ...
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Air NZ CEO can't rule out other controversial military contracts

New Zealand companies seem to have had little to do with the Middle East and rarely seem to be involved in any controversy. This has all changed. Now the country's national carrier, Air New Zealand, which was bailed out by the NZ government last year because of the Covid-19 crisis which meant that international travel almost ground to a halt, is ac...
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UAE spies monitored Michelle Obama, Sheikha Moza emails: Report

The UAE has been in the news a great deal recently, firstly over its handling of COVID-19 which has increased exponentially over the last couple of weeks - maybe as the result of UK tourists- and secondly, because of the "normalization" of relations with Israel. The most recent article is about spying, particularly in the UAE. Yes, it does happen. ...
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Qatar pays for Hamas' survival

The UAE has "normalized" relations with Israel. But what does that mean? What are the advantages for the UAE? Qatar has not "normalized' relations. Instead, it is donating more money to the Palestinians – USD 360m - to go towards paying salaries, paying for electricity and alleviating poverty. This article from AP explains what is happening. The Qa...
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