Saudi King Salman accompanies Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, left, during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in December 2019.
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Gulf monarchies emerged from the Arab Spring relatively unscathed, while some Middle East republics were devastated by civil war. Here’s how they managed — and how education may have played a part.
Joggers and sightseers take in the Doha skyline.
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Qatar’s decision to aid Turkey in the face of American sanctions against the country may finally be a snub too far for its close relationship with the US.
Protester mocking President al-Sisi.
Public disaffection in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries betrays deep-seated tensions beneath the surface.
Kuwait does not want to experience another financial crisis.
Kuwait has first-hand experience of how financial and political shocks can stifle investor confidence in the entire region.
What’s so ‘brotherly’ about a major diplomatic spat?
Attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia come against a backdrop of increasing extremist violence across the world.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed 27 worshippers at a Shia mosque.
The aftermath of a day of terror.
Religious killing is the ultimate ideological statement, but it will not solve the murderer’s grievances.
The sands of time will turn against the desert oil states.
Oil prices have now almost halved in six months to below $60/barrel thanks to OPEC’s refusal to cut production. This means all the member countries are revising their government spending policies. While…
Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the 2012 elections. Kuwait is passing through an unprecedented period of instability, bringing relentless elections.
Parliamentary elections for the 65 member Kuwait’s National Assembly (Majlis al-Umma) are set for this Saturday. Over 410 candidates are contesting the 50 seats elected by popular vote in the oldest and…