Nbr. 363, January 2006
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- Sharon's gambit.
- The new hope for Rafah?
- Election results sound warning bells at home and abroad: Adel Darwish reports on the rise of the Muslim Brothers in Egypt.
- Sisterhood of stealth: female suicide bombers, and even husband-and-wife teams, in Iraq are insurgency's new stealth weapon.
- Converting a crisis into an opportunity: Thomas Land reports from the United Nations International Atomic Energy headquarters in Vienna on moves to establish the Middle East region as a nuclear weapons-free zone.
- Syria plays the Palestinian card in Lebanon.
- Islands in the sun: from Oman to Kuwait, "Island Mania" is driving local real estate markets, as countries vie to build ever more spectacular man-made environments. But the true price may be far higher than builders imagine.
- MTN to edge out Turkcell in Iran.
- DP World makes giant acquisition: Dubai's state-owned ports operator, DP World, has paid $5.7bn to buy one of the most prestigious names in maritime transport logistics and become the world's third largest container port operator. It will also control the proposed London Gateway Port, set to become Britain's largest.
- Powering up for progress: Qatar is creating a genuinely innovative power sector that blends public and private sector investment.
- Windfalls and reforms fuel economic boom: Kuwait is riding high on growing business optimism and sound economic fundamentals. But the country's non-oil private sector would clearly benefit from more intensive market liberalisation reforms.
- Saudi Arabian businesswomen woo the West: a 21-strong delegation of Saudi Arabian businesswomen stole the show at the Women in Business International conference, held in London in December. The head of the delegation, Princess Loulwa Al Faisal, daughter of the late, much revered King Faisal, talked to Pat Lancaster.
- Middle East pensions need urgent reforms: with increases in life expectancy, pensions are becoming a pressing issue everywhere. A World Bank report highlights the urgent need for reform in the MENA region.
- Will trade ties pave the way to regional concord? In December 2005, Saudi Arabia became the 149th member of the World Trade Organisation. As a member of the world's largest trading group, the kingdom is no longer allowed to boycott goods from a fellow member. Francis Daly reports from Riyadh.
- Cairo stencils.
- Old problems require new solutions.
- Out of exile: the celebrated Kurdish film director Hiner Saleem talked to Chris Kutschera about the joys and sometimes sadness of coming home.
- DC Confidential: The Controversial Memoirs of Britain's Ambassador to the U.S. at the Time of 9/11 and the Iraq War.
- Iraq Ablaze: Inside the Insurgency.
- Understanding Iraq.
- Afghanistan: A Modern History.
- Analysing Middle East Foreign Policies: And the Relationship with Europe.
- The Long Road from Taif to Jeddah: Resolution of a Saudi-Yemeni Boundary Dispute.
- Auntie knows best.