Free zones are a major contributor to the Dubai economy, but they could undermine the Emirate’s judicial and constitutional system.
The UAE’s focus on its defense industry indicates its aims to become a more credible military actor by enhancing use of equipment and exporting arms globally.
Though Qatar has been reforming its laws on migrant labor, little is being done to address the system’s underlying deficiencies.
Expanded U.S.–Saudi security cooperation in the region could empower their shared enemies of Iran and militant Sunni Islamists.
Saudi Arabia is betting that oil markets will rebalance themselves at higher prices, and it has no economic backup plan if prices remain low.
As Kuwait’s opposition struggles to obstruct austerity measures, it is capitalizing on popular resentment against expatriates to pressure the government into broader concessions.
Iranian support for the Houthis has been marginal and does not shape their decisionmaking as much as local alliances and conflict dynamics do.
While the Rouhani administration tries to find the right balance of financial reforms, the banking sector challenges continue to hamper sustainable economic growth.
Tensions persist between Tunisia and its former ally the UAE, but Tunisia hopes renewed ties could balance out its current dependence on Qatar.
Saudi Arabia’s plans of privatizing the economy to overcome oil dependence hinge on opening up its political sphere.
Kuwait’s opposition could complicate the government’s plans to ensure financial sustainability and maintain political stability.
Regional competition and the lack of a cooperation strategy with its neighbors are compounding Saudi Arabia’s inability to act as an oil price setter.
Sada contributors share their take on what the extraordinary election of Donald Trump could mean for a region in turmoil.
As relations sour with Saudi Arabia, Egypt is looking to Russia to fill the financial void.
As sanctions ease on Iran, it hopes to expand its petrochemical exports, putting it in direct competition with Saudi Arabia over emerging markets.
What Saudi Arabia has accomplished in Yemen remains unclear, and what it is likely to accomplish is still uncertain. Four experts weigh in on Riyadh’s goals in Yemen.
Recent changes to Saudi religious institutions are not a sign of wider reform but an indication of the struggle to redefine Saudi Arabia’s religious character.
President Hassan Rouhani’s mixed record heading into the last year of his current term may alienate supporters and create an opening for opponents to challenge him in the 2017 elections.
Saudi Arabia’s grand plan for economic reform might expand employment and transparency, but there would also be losers.
The rise of the Islamic State has created both challenges and opportunities for Iranian trade networks in Iraq.