Authors Posts by Stasa Salacanin

Stasa Salacanin


After more than a year of full-scale fighting, the latest marathon peace talks held in Kuwait could be the last opportunity to end the bloody conflict which has completely devastated the poorest of Arabic states. Unfortunately, the Kuwait talks have shown that it will be very hard, if not impossible, for the opposing sides to find common ground. However, the spark of hope still exists, as parties are still negotiating, signalling that they may be tired of fighting.
EU arms

A European Union arms export embargo against the region is highly unlikely according to experts
ISIS oil

Although the rise of IS is very complex and must not be simplified, it is clear that oil production and illicit oil trade has been crucial in keeping its terror machinery running. So, will air strikes destroying its infrastructure and plunging oil prices bring IS to its knees?

The sharp decline in the price of crude oil has altered the economic outlook for the GCC.

Despite territory losses and significant casualties among its fighters, Islamic state (IS) has proved to be a tenacious opponent, very flexible in its structure.

The 168th OPEC conference held in Vienna concluded without reaching any new decisions regarding oil production, leaving the public with more questions than answers.

When it comes to a start-up environment, the role of the state is extremely important in creating favourable conditions through development of legal framework, education and support initiatives, and cross border cooperation, while removing bureaucratic obstacles.
Plane flying

The long-running dispute between the “Three big” US air carriers and three Gulf airlines over alleged state subsides has reached new dimensions. The Partnership for Open & Fair Skiesˡ is trying to prove the supposedly “unfair subsidised expansion” of Gulf carriers severely weakens US aviation infrastructure, compromising America’s national security. The coalition comments for BQ exclusively.

Tech start-ups in the Gulf are finally getting their foot in the door. Part I

The fast development of the insurance market in the region is putting pressure on regulators, as company directors and investors demand a clearer, more timely and more precise accounting of all the risks the market is facing. However, many insurers are struggling to meet these demands.

Falling oil prices and slowing Asian LNG demand, combined with robust output from new suppliers, have changed the shape of the LNG industry and market dynamics dramatically, threatening Qatar’s role as leading global LNG exporter.
Syria refugee

The refugee crisis, although going on for four years already, has started to make world headlines only in the past months, when armies of refugees from the Middle East – mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan – swarmed at the doors of the European Union. The international public has been shocked by the response of some European countries, particularly that of Hungary. However, there is general belief in the international community that the Arab states’ response, also, was anything but adequate.

Although differences still remain, frequent meetings of Russian and Saudi officials are clearly marking...

European airports and tourist boards have taken sides with Gulf carriers as the battle of arguments among stakeholders in the debate on Open Skies and level of liberalisation of the European market rages on.

Once international sanctions on Iran are lifted, the country intends to make a strong re-entry into the hydrocarbons market.

In recent years Qatar has witnessed a construction boom especially with the hospitality sector as it prepares to accommodate armies of football fans from around the globe. Will Qatar be able to provide the required number of rooms and if so, will the country face accommodation overcapacity after the World Cup?

While a growing rift between the GCC states and the US over a proposed nuclear deal with Iran has cooled off relations between some of the GCC states and Washington, France has filled the widening gap, acting as the Gulf’s closest ally, forging lucrative deals with some GCC members. The latest major arms deal with Qatar and announced multi-billion dollar deals with the Saudis, many connect directly with dissatisfaction with US policy in the Middle East.

After a period of strained relations, the US-GCC summit in Washington and Camp David, held in May, was to be an opportunity to set a new course in their relations. Only time will tell, however, whether the summit made a breakthrough in warming up relations among old allies. American President Obama tried to reassure his Gulf partners a future nuclear agreement with Iran would not be reached at their expense, offering them an “ironclad” security pledge. But behind the warm words, there remains deep unease.

Although statistical data varies considerably, it is clear the problem of counterfeit drugs is becoming a global issue, with sales volumes in some countries reaching unbelievable heights. The Arab region is no exception.

The GCC addresses the challenge of regional security with new policy of interventionism.


Qatar is home to many different nationalities, with Qataris themselves only representing a minority. This extreme demographic shift has been taking place for the last several decades, but has skyrocketed in the last 10 years.

According to the QSA Labour Force Survey for the third quarter of 2014, average monthly wage in Qatar was QR 10,761, up 10 percent from 2013.

Similarly to its neighbors in the GCC, Kuwait relies heavily on its imported workforce. While the percentage of expatriates is not as high as in Qatar...

From GDP per capita,life expectancy, diabetes prevalence to the number of Keralites in the Gulf, we bring you a set of 40 maps explaining the Gulf.

Bahrain a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. is home to over 1.3 million people. Most of whom are expats and just like its neighbors in the GCC, the high volume of expats compared to the local population presents some interesting problems.
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