Nbr. 378, May 2007
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- Better the devil you know: Israel's military chiefs are concerned about a Syrian arms build-up, but the UN Disengagement Observer Force on the Golan Heights reported no significant changes in Syrian deployments and crticised the "alarmist Israeli media" for its reportage.
- Iran flexes its muscles: Iran has a grand plan to become one of the most influential countries in the region. Was the arrest of 15 British forces personnel in disputed waters during March part of this scheme?
- Divide & rule? Israel has long sought to divide Palestinian society to prevent the emergence of a viable Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
- Halliburton's great escape: in the wake of US energy giant Halliburton's controversial move to Dubai, Milan Vesely examines the implications for other companies.
- Syria's election returns no surprises: Peter Hall reports from Damascus.
- The US failure Iraq: never before have contractors represented such a large portion of a US presence in a war zone or accounted for so many security and military-like jobs.
- The importance of diversity: Omar Ben Yedder travelled to Doha to speak with delegates of the World Economic Forum who gathered there to examine the findings of The Arab World Competitiveness Report and discuss the high level upcoming WEF meeting in Jordan.
- Education, education, education: The latest Arab World Competitiveness Report, published every two years, was unveiled last month in Qatar. Spanning 13 countries in the Arab World, the report attempts to assess each country's level of competitiveness enabling them to benchmark their performance against each other, and hopefully help policymakers identify areas of weakness.
- Interview: Omar Ben Yedder talked to Sherif el Diwani (right), head of the Middle East programme of the World Economic Forum in Doha.
- Third conference of Nobel Laureates, Petra, Jordan.
- Interview: Omar Ben Yedder talked to Margareta Drzeniek Hanouz, the author of The Arab World Competitiveness 2007, Sustaining the Growth Momentum. Hanouz (right) is Senior Economist with the Global Competitiveness network at the WEF.
- Jordan's window on the world: virtually landlocked, Jordan's one small stretch of coast round Aqaba is vital to its communications with the rest of the world. Neil Ford outlines the country's plans for port development.
- SAGIA opens doors: the kingdom is hoping its six economic cities will stimulate growth and encourage social change. But much work remains to be done.
- The Arabian dream becomes reality: as Dubai gears up to welcome delegates to the 13th Arab Travel Market, one of the major events in the travel and tourism industry calendar, Rhona Wells looks at some of the latest regional developments--the futuristic projects, the multibillion dollar investments and the prospects for the region's continued success as an international tourist destination.
- A game of cat and mouse: Iran is playing dodgeball with its LNG customers--in particular India and Pakistan. The current high prices for oil and gas appear to have given Tehran the ability to negotiate on a range of issues from a position of strength.
- GCC single currency faces a bumpy road: economist Moin Siddiqi examines the prospects for a single Gulf currency and questions whether it will make its 2010 implementation deadline.
- Abu Dhabi's $million eggs: John Irish reports from the Gulf on a new sturgeon breeding initiative in the UAE.
- The olive route.
- Remembrance of things forgotten: Egypt's valuable Coptic architecture has until recently been overlooked but interest is reviving. Maria Golia writes from Cairo.
- Between Revolution and State: The Path to Fatimid Statehood.
- Hamas Unwritten Chapters.
- I Is for Infidel From Holy War to Holy Terror: 18 Years Inside Afghanistan.
- Shadows in the Desert Ancient Persia at War.
- The Art and Architecture of Islamic Cairo.
- The School of War.
- The last word.