Nbr. 398, March 2009
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- An unholy row: Arab anger at what they see as Iran's 'imperialism' grows while, closer to home, neighbouring Gulf states mull over the prospect of reaching an accommodation with the Islamic Republic.
- Iraq: the fragile dawn of a new era? The local elections that took place in February in Iraq were an unreserved success, not only because they rejected the call to political extremism but because they proceeded in an orderly nonviolent way that heralds a new epoch of maturity for this nascent state.
- Israeli elections: some surprises but few solutions: Lawrence Joffe looks at the results of the Israeli elections and anticipates where the Jewish state might go from here.
- A Katyusha in a camel's belly: Milan Vesely reports from the United States on the US media's approach to the Gaza conflict and predicts that a sea change is coming.
- On deadly ground: a ground-breaking UN tribunal opens in the Netherlands to try suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri. Ed Blanche anticipates heavy political fallout.
- Guantanamo: where do we go from here? President Obama has pledged to close the infamous Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Still to be decided is how the US justice system will deal with the inmates and the international repercussions--a legacy of the dubious integrity of the George Bush regime. Milan Vesely reports from the United States.
- The Middle East business interview: in this exclusive interview for The Middle East magazine, President and Chief Executive of the Bahrain-based Albaraka Banking Group and Chairman of the Union of Arab Banks in Beirut, Adnan Ahmed Yousif, talked to Pamela Ann Smith.
- Global crunch presents stiff challenges to FDI despite new incentives; the developed and emerging regions will have their work cut out to attract direct investment amidst the global economic downturn. Researched and written by international economic analyst Moin Siddiqi.
- Kuwait tackles its economic issues.
- Gulf boosts investments in Nigeria: Dubai and Nigeria have signed a $16bn agreement that will see Dubai develop infrastructure in Nigeria, one of Africa's top oil and gas producing countries.
- Iraq woos big oil players ... on its own terms.
- Bahrain--counting on experience: the global financial situation has provided Bahrain with an opportunity to consolidate its position as the longest-established banking and business hub in the Gulf region.
- LNG industry seeks growth despite recession.
- Jewels beneath the jackboots.
- English football club attracts Arab buyer; one by one, England's most famous soccer clubs are being bought by foreign owners and now an Abu Dhabi investment group has entered the fray.
- A force to be reckoned with.
- A World of Trouble: America in the Middle East.
- Beaches, Ruins, Resorts: The Politics of Tourism in the Arab World.
- New Directions in Islamic Thought: Exploring Reform and Muslim Tradition.
- Cairo: A cultural and literary history.
- The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World.
- The Islamic Challenge in Europe.
- The last word.