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Lebanon: Once Again a Proxy Battlefield?

By: Wouter JansenThe crisis unfolding in Lebanon might not come as a surprise to those acquainted to the turmoil of recent years in the country and…
Country Bulletins

GCC IN REVIEW: 12-16 November

A Weekly Publication of the main news surrounding the GCC StatesKingdom of BahrainSunday, 12 November—Bahrain’s Attorney General, Ali bin Fadhel Al…
Country Bulletins

GCC IN REVIEW: 5-9 November 2017

A Weekly Publication of the main news surrounding the GCC StatesKingdom of BahrainSunday, 5 November—Bahrain has claimed the right to exercise…
Country Bulletins

GCC IN REVIEW: 30 Oct - 2 Nov

Kingdom of Bahrain Monday, 30 October—Bahrain’s King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa announced that Bahrain will not attend any Gulf Cooperation Council …
Country Bulletins

GCC IN REVIEW: 23-27 October 2017

A Weekly Publication of the main news surrounding the GCC StatesKingdom of BahrainMonday, 23 October—Bahrain’s government announced a package of…
Analysis

Kirkuk: a noisy silence

 The blitzkrieg style operation which led United States (US) manufactured M1 Abrams tanks and Humvees to roll over Kurdish Peshmerga positions in…
Country Bulletins

GCC IN REVIEW: 16 - 20 October

Kingdom of BahrainWednesday, 18 October—The Bahrain Defence Force signed an agreement with the United States’s Lockheed Martin to complete a $3.8…
Info-Sheets

GCC IN REVIEW: 9-13 October 2017

A Weekly Publication of the main news surrounding the GCC States Kingdom of BahrainTuesday, 10 October—Dr Abdulhussain Mirza, Bahrain’s Electricity…
Info-Sheets

Terrorism in the GCC: 3 - 9 October 2017

Terrorism and the war against it require functioning collective action which, in itself, requires a flow of information that can help decision makers…
Country Bulletins

GCC IN REVIEW: 2 - 6 October 2017

A Weekly Publication of the main news surrounding the GCC States        Kingdom of BahrainTuesday, 3 October—A terrorist bombing in Bahrain’s capital…
Info-Sheets

The Long Bahrain-Qatar Crisis

by Mitchell Belfer and Antonino OcchiutoWith the international community seemingly bouncing from crisis-to-crisis there is a growing tendency to…
Country Bulletins

GCC IN REVIEW: 25-29 September 2017

A Weekly Publication of the main news surrounding the GCC StatesKingdom of BahrainTuesday, 26 September—Bahrain’s Crown Prince, Salman bin Hamad bin…
Analysis

Italy’s Libya Quagmire

The 2011 Odyssey Dawn Operation and subsequent collapse of the Gaddafi regime sent Italy’s foreign policy into a tailspin. The current fragmentation…
Country Bulletins

GCC IN REVIEW: 18-22 September 2017

Kingdom of BahrainWednesday, 20 September— Avaya, a global leader in business communications solutions, announced important investments plans in…
Rome Dialogue

The Rome Dialogue X

Let's Talk About Sects The Reemergence of Sectarianism in the Middle East and What it Means for EuropeLocation: HelsinkiDate: 2 March 2017The Euro…
Country Bulletins

GCC IN REVIEW: 11-15 September 2017

 A Weekly Publication of the main news surrounding the GCC StatesKingdom of BahrainWednesday, 13 September—Bahrain’s Interior Minister Lt-General…
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GCC IN REVIEW: 4 - 8 September 2017

A Weekly Publication of the main news surrounding the GCC StatesKingdom of BahrainThursday, 7 September—Bahrain  launched a security crackdown aimed…
Country Bulletins

GCC IN REVIEW: 28-31 August 2017

A Weekly Publication of the main news surrounding the GCC StatesKingdom of BahrainWednesday, 30 August—Bahrain concluded an important economic and…
Country Bulletins

GCC IN REVIEW: 24-28 July

A Weekly Publication of the main news surrounding the GCC States Kingdom of BahrainMonday, 24 July—Bahrain unveiled its 2017-2018 budget  pointing to…
Analysis

Raqqa, Iran…or What Comes Next?

By Antonino OcchiutoAs the dead were being buried following June’s ISIS attack on Tehran, a new chorus could be heard by many in the Western…
Country Bulletins

GCC IN REVIEW: 17-21 July

 Kingdom of BahrainTuesday, 18 July—Forbes announced the inclusion of five Bahraini women in its power list. This signals the positive outcome of…
Country Bulletins

GCC IN REVIEW: 3-7 July

Kingdom of BahrainWednesday, 5 July—Bahrain’s Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa held official talks in Manama with senior defense advisers…
Country Bulletins

GCC IN REVIEW: 19 - 23 June

A Weekly Publication of the main news surrounding the GCC StatesKingdom of BahrainMonday, 19 June—Bahrain’s Interior Ministry announced the death of…
Country Bulletins

THE GCC IN REVIEW: 12 - 16 June

Kingdom of BahrainThursday, 15 June—Bahrain’s Ministry of Justice announced that 26 terror group members were stripped of Bahraini citizenship. This…
Info-Sheets

A Special Report

A Conversation with Payne An Insider’s View of the American's for Democracy and Human Rights in BahrainBy Mitchell BelferPresidentEuro-Gulf…
Women in the GCC

A contemporary view of Women in the UAE

By Cinzia BiancoGiven its geographic and demographic size, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has had to cope with an array of security, political and…
Country Bulletins

GCC IN REVIEW 2 – 8 June

A Weekly Publication of the main news surrounding the GCC StatesKingdom of BahrainWednesday, 7 June—Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa,…
Country Bulletins

GCC IN REVIEW 29 May – 1 June

A Weekly Publication of the main news surrounding the GCC StatesKingdom of Bahrain:Wednesday, 31 May- Bahrain’s Ministry of Justice, following a long…
Country Bulletins

GCC IN REVIEW

Kingdom of Bahrain:Monday, 22 May-Bahrain’s security forces conducted a major counter terrorism operation in al-Diraz village in an attempt to…
Country Bulletins

THE GCC BRIEFING: 24 – 29 April 2017

SAUDI ARABIAPolitics: Royal decrees at the weekend saw a number of allies of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman moved into key positions. One…
Country Bulletins

THE GCC BRIEFING: 17 - 23 April 2017

SAUDI ARABIA Politics: The Trump administration is working to entrance its relations with Saudi Arabia. On Wednesday,  Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin…
Country Bulletins

THE GCC BRIEFING: 10 – 15 April 2017

10 – 15 April 2017BahrainPolitics: On Monday 10 April, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas traveled to Bahrain to meet the King Hamad Al Khalifa. The…
Analysis

A Syria of Redlines and Red Faces

By Mitchell BelferThere may be reason to doubt the sincerity of President Trump's commitment to Syria's embattled civilian population. After all,…
Country Bulletins

THE GCC BRIEFING: 3 – 7 April 2017

QATAREconomy: On Monday, Qatar set out the strategy to increase production of a vast underwater natural gas field by 10 %. The Qatari moratorium on…
Rome Dialogue

The Rome Dialogues V

Gender & IdentityThe  fifth Rome Dialogue, held on 27 May 2016, was planned in part- nership with Women in International Security (WIIS) Italy,…
Rome Dialogue

The Rome Dialogues IV

The Great RivalryAlthough part of our Rome Dialogue series, this event was extraordi- nary. Held in the stunning Palazzo San Macuto (Chamber of…
Rome Dialogue

The Rome Dialogues III

Identity Formation and the EnvironmentFew things are as global as climate change and few challenges have the power to unite countries around the…
Rome Dialogue

The Rome Dialogues II

Identity and Formation in an Age of TerrorismWhile this round of the Rome Dialogues was focused on how identities are being a ected – around the…
Country Bulletins

THE GCC BRIEFING: 10 – 23 March 2017

THE GCC BRIEFINGA Weekly Publication of the main news surrounding the GCC States 10 – 23 March 2017  Bahrain  Politics: Foreign Minister meets US…
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The GCC Briefing 5 - 10 March 2017

THE GCC BRIEFINGA Weekly Publication of the main news surrounding the GCC States5 – 10 March 2017State of QatarPolitics: In the Qatar National…
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The GCC Briefing 19 - 24 February 2017

The GCC Briefing19 - 24 February 2017By Tamara SlovinskáStaff WriterEuro-Gulf Information CentreRome, Italyinfo@egic.infowww.egic.infoSaudi…
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The GCC Briefing 30 Jan – 13 Feb 2017

 The GCC Briefing     30 Jan – 13 Feb 2017                                                           QATAR Politics: Qatar completely rejected news…
Country Bulletins

The GCC Briefing 23 - 29 January 2017

Last week’s most important news is the visit of Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Shaikh Al Khalid Al Sabah to Tehran, allegedly with a message for President…
Info-Sheets

Correcting 5 Myths on Refugees to Europe

Correcting 5 Myths on Refugees to EuropeBy Cinzia Bianco***Since the March 2011 outbreak of civil war an estimated 11 million Syrians have fled their…
Country Bulletins

The GCC Briefing , 7- 13 January 2017

By Maryna ZashyvayloResearch AssistantEuro-Gulf Information CentreRome, Italywww.egic.infoThe last week’s most important news in the areas of…
Info-Sheets

2016 in the Arab Gulf Region

2016 was a turbulent year for the Arab Gulf, and the entire Middle Eastern region for that matter. The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC…
Country Bulletins

The GCC Briefing 16-23 December 2016

By Maryna ZashyvayloResearch AssistantEuro-Gulf Information CentreRome, Italyzashyvaylo@egic.infowww.egic.infoLast week will be remembered, inter…
Analysis

Much Ado in Israeli Politics

By Simon Novak The Israeli media has been full of political intrigue and allegations surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in recent days.In…
Analysis

Economic Sheikh-Ups in the Gulf

By Cinzia BiancoThese are times of impressive economic changes in the world’s most famous sheikhdoms along the Arabian shores of the Gulf. The most…
Analysis

Europe’s Assad Temptation

By Cinzia Bianco On 09 July 2016 embattled Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, received unique guests in Damascus. Ending a 5-year political…
Analysis

Assad’s Iran Conundrum

Despite popular beliefs in an Assad-Iran-Russia axis, there is a growing disillusionment among many in the Syrian regime regarding Iranian intentions…
Info-Sheets

Understanding Islamic Finance in Europe

By Cinzia Bianco Analyst and Programme Manager Euro-Gulf Information Centre Rome, Italy Islamic finance (a.k.a. Islamic banking) is, at its core,…
Analysis

Energy and Environment in the GCC

By Cinzia Bianco   2015 was one of the hottest and driest years in recorded history. It is increasingly clear that environmental challenges…
Rome Dialogue

The Rome Dialogues

The international political environment seems mired in intercon- nected con icts that are showing none of the signs of abating and all the signs of…
Analysis

Rouhani in Rome: A Backgrounder

By Cinzia Bianco Analyst and Programme Manager Euro-Gulf Information Centre Rome, Italy On 25 January 2016, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani left…
Info-Sheets

The War in Yemen

The wider Middle East is caving under the pressure of multiple conflict-points and the effects are being acutely felt in Europe. The Charlie Hebdo…