Economy and trade

Middle East’s chronic woes exacerbate COVID impact, IMF says

Also: Israelis back Trump, Palestinians (kind of) tilt toward Biden.

Week in Review | Economy and trade | Oct 16, 2020
al-monitor Iraq's is economy is expected to shrink by 12.1% for 2020 due to the coronavirus, and then only grow 2.5% in 2021. Here, Pakistani and Bengali workers clad in face masks work as tailors at a small factory in Karrada, in the central area of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on June 23, 2020. As a result of the economic collapse caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of foreign migrant workers became stranded in Iraq with no income or way to get back home. Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images.

As China-Iran talks continue, Beijing keeps up outreach to Gulf

While Iran and China are still working to finalize a 25-year strategic partnership plan, Chinese officials continue to expand bilateral ties with the Gulf, something that could have unexpected implications for Iran-GCC ties.

Sabena Siddiqui | China in the Mideast | Oct 16, 2020
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Jordanians cautious about prospects of new government

Jordan’s King Abdullah II swore in the new government of Bisher al-Khasawneh amid a series of economic and health challenges facing the kingdom.

Osama Al Sharif | Economy and trade | Oct 15, 2020
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As US elections near, GCC states chart middle course between US and China

Former Vice President and Democratic candidate for president Joe Biden's previous statement to make Saudi Arabia a 'pariah' hangs over the region.

Sebastian Castelier | Economy and trade | Oct 12, 2020
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For Arab youth, the future is in the Gulf

The most recent Arab Youth Survey shows the United States is gaining ground on Russia and China as perceived "allies."

Week in Review | Civil Society | Oct 9, 2020
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