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Future Investment Initiative

Saudi Arabia opens major conference with eye on investment

The conference, dubbed the Future Investment Initiative , is being hosted by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. The event is being attended by giants in ...

 

PIF

Saudi Fund Targeting Investment Returns of Up to 9%

“We benchmarked ourselves, we went to all the endowments, we went to all the sovereign wealth funds for long-term investments,” Public Investment Fund Managing Director ...

 

Saudi Stock Market

Saudi Upgrade to Emerging Market Status From MSCI Is ‘Inevitable,’ HSBC Says

It’s “inevitable” that MSCI Inc., whose classifications can influence billions of dollars of asset allocations, will add Saudi Arabia to its emerging-market benchmarks, Majed Najm, ...

 

PIF

Saudi’s PIF commits $20 billion to $40 billion education, healthcare fund with Blackstone

The fund will invest in “conventional economy” including sectors such as medical care and education, Yasir Al Rumayyan said at a major investment conference in ...

 

Neom

Saudi to build new $500bn economic zone where robots may outnumber humans

The new zone, called Neom, will cover an area of 26,000 sq km along 486km on the Red Sea coast and will run across Saudi ...

 

U.S.-Saudi Relations

Tillerson Promotes Stronger Saudi-Iraq Ties

Secretary Tillerson visited Riyadh and Doha October 21-22 on a mission that emphasized two U.S. foreign policy priorities: 1) promoting stronger Saudi-Iraqi relations; and 2) ...

 

Saudi-Iraq

Saudi commerce minister upbeat on Saudi-Iraq trade boost

Commerce and Investment Minister Dr. Majid Al-Qassabi said on Monday that Saudi-Iraqi relations are entering a new era with an ambitious program. ...

 

Vision 2030

Interview Omar A. Bahlaiwa: “Trade is a road to friendship”

As part of an interview series in light of the 2017 Transatlantic Economic Forum in Washington D.C., today we talk with Omar A. Bahlaiwa, President ...

 

Saudi Aramco

Inside Saudi Aramco’s Kingdom of Oil

More than 80 years after American wildcatters pitched their tents in the Arabian desert in a hunt for oil, the government-owned Saudi Arabian Oil Co.—Saudi ...

 

Rohingya Refugees

Saudi Arabia pledges $20m for Rohingya refugees

Saudi Arabia pledged $20 million in aid to Rohingya refugees at Monday’s Rohingya Refugee Crisis Pledging Conference in Geneva. ...

 

Saudi Gates

UWA archaeologist uses Google Earth to discover mysterious ancient Saudi ‘gates’

Professor Kennedy said his discovery came about by chance, after a Saudi doctor who was interested in the area's history contacted him, having heard about ...

 

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Rex Tillerson Travels

Secretary of State Tillerson makes unannounced visits to Afghanistan, Iraq

As his day looked likely to stretch from before dawn to past midnight, covering almost 4,000 miles, Tillerson and his aides donned flak vests and helmets ...

 

Trump Travel Ban

Trump administration to announce decision on refugee program after 120-day ban

The Trump administration is expected to announce its decision on how to proceed with the U.S. refugee program on Tuesday, which marks the end of ...

 

Syria and Iraq

Areas freed from Islamic State will test U.S. policy on limiting overseas role

As U.S.-backed forces succeed in driving Islamic State militants from territory in Iraq and now Syria, the Trump administration has difficult choices — and divided ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

ISIS Jihadis Have Returned Home By the Thousands

A new report, to be released Tuesday by the Soufan Group and the Global Strategy Network, details some of the answers: At least fifty-six hundred people ...

 

Iraq

Are Russia, Iran outflanking the US in Iraq?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has moved quickly to adapt to the Iraqi federal government’s retaking of Kirkuk and disputed territories through the use of Iraqi ...

 

Iran in the Region

Perspective: A blueprint for minimizing Iran’s Influence in the Middle East

Over the last generation, no foreign government has more American blood on its hands than Iran’s post–1979 revolutionary theocracy. It orchestrated the Marine barracks bombing ...

 

Climate Change

On climate, the United States and Syria now stand alone

there are now only two countries on the planet that are operating outside the Paris accord: Syria, which is home to a brutal civil war, ...

 

Qatar Dispute

Bannon backs Emiratis, Saudis in Persian Gulf dispute over Qatar

The ongoing Persian Gulf dispute over Qatar is the “single most important thing happening in the world,” including the current standoff between the United States ...

 

Extremism in Africa

Pentagon looks at stepping up its role in Africa to counter ISIS

Pentagon officials are considering a larger campaign in Africa to pursue ISIS. The move comes after ISIS lost its de facto capital Raqa in Syria ...

 

Kuwait

Kuwait’s worsening global rankings need a relook

Numerous economic indicators place Kuwait at the bottom of rankings among its peers in the Gulf Cooperation Council. But this situation is not truly reflective ...

 

Interpreting Trump

Opinion: Why the Middle East may understand Trump more than his own people

The Iranians and other Middle Easterners understand that every tweet Trump puts out is for domestic consumption, even if it concerns international affairs. They know ...

 

Global Oil Markets

As US exports make inroads to Asia, Middle East suppliers adopt strategies to secure buyers

Due to stability of supply and competitiveness against other grades, Middle East crudes have been East Asia’s largest supply source and many refineries in the ...

 

Hamas

Hamas deputy leader says to continue Iran ties, armed fight

The deputy head of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas vowed to keep close ties with Israel’s arch-enemy Iran and to maintain its weapons, Iranian media ...

 

Yemen

Yemen’s Saleh should be ‘hanged at Gate of Yemen’: Houthis

Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh should be killed "be killed and hanged at the Gate of Yemen," the country's Houthi rebels said on Friday, ...

 

Kurdish Referendum

Commentary: Moderation and caution should be the watchwords in a Kurdish crisis that could spiral out of control

Kurdistan regional government chief Masoud Barzani had briefly basked in the afterglow of an Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum, which he insisted on and pushed through ...

 

Afghanistan

Russia accused of supplying Taliban as power shifts create strange bedfellows

Afghan officials have called on Moscow to stop supporting the Taliban, as the militant group steps up attacks across the country, allegedly with the help ...

 

Iran in the Region

Tillerson: Time for Iranian-backed militias to leave Iraq

"Those militias need to go home," Tillerson said. "Any foreign fighters in Iraq need to go home and allow the Iraqi people to regain control ...

 

U.S.-Iran

Tillerson seeks Arab help in US effort to isolate Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took the Trump administration’s case for isolating and containing Iran in the Middle East and beyond to two Gulf ...

 

Syria

At least 67 civilians found dead in Syria town taken from IS

The bodies of at least 67 Syrian civilians, many summarily killed by the Islamic State group, have been discovered in a central town in Syria ...

 

Iran Nuclear Deal

Britain’s Johnson says absolutely no doubt Iran nuclear deal will be preserved

There is absolutely no doubt that a deal between Western powers and Iran to curb its nuclear program will survive despite the United States’ decision ...

 

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