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Some hope in the middle of chaos in Gaza?

01.05.2006
Even the most cynical of observers might not have imagined the situation in Gaza could have deteriorated as quickly and as badly as it has.  After the initial euphoria over the removal of the settlements and the handing over of control to the Palestinian Authority (PA), we then had the (seemingly)Â...

Private Sector as a Political Force in the Gulf

01.05.2006
Despite a ban on political parties in the Gulf region, in some countries, such as Kuwait and Bahrain, they are accepted and openly active, though legal restrictions force them to function as NGOs rather than political parties. For example, it is well known that the Association for National Democrati...

Economic Solutions to the Mideast Crisis

12.28.2005
Today's WSJ features a front page story on the Mideast crisis and its economic underpinnings. The article talks about some of the economic impediments that people in Gaza and the West Bank face - mainly barriers to movement of goods and people - and the implications of these barriers. For example: A...

Critical Need for Civil Society-Building in Iraq

12.28.2005
Yesterday’s New York Times contained an op-ed by Andrew Erdmann, former National Security Council advisor on Iraq under President George W. Bush and previously a senior advisor to Iraq’s Ministry for Higher Education, on the need for comprehensive institutional engagement with Iraq. Rega...

Privatization: Gradual or Rapid?

12.26.2005
An interesting story about privatization of the Afghan Telecom. The debate – jobs vs. efficiency – is not unique to Afghanistan; it is arguably applicable to any developing economy out there. Afghanistan has become a nation of state-owned industries that don’t make anything, bureau...

Cutting the Pie

12.13.2005
Lebanon is re-learning the lesson that street protests alone do not create democracies and put countries on the path of economic growth – real reforms do. There are conflicting messages coming out of the country following the “Cedar Revolution” – on the one hand, there is a s...

Businesswomen as a force for change

12.02.2005
Two Saudi Women Win at Jeddah Chamber Elections Two Saudi businesswomen [Lama al-Suleiman and Nashwa Taher] swept to an unprecedented victory in elections to the board of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the first polls in which women stood as candidates in the conservative Muslim king...
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