Gulf Monitor

Gulf Monitor

Castlereagh’s Gulf Monitor provides an insight into key developments in economic diversification, monetary and fiscal policy, social policy and foreign relations in line with the collective ambitions of GCC states to change their economies, yet preserve their systems of governance.

Also housed on this page is the Market Watch collection by Karen E. Young, who has followed and mapped closely the GCC states’ policy response since 2015. It is an authoritative guide to understanding policy formation, reaction and hydrocarbon reliance in the GCC in the last five years.

The Lure of Technology in the Gulf

The Lure of Technology in the Gulf

Gulf states are turning to technology as a placement for outward investment and as a source of generating jobs and economic growth in domestic markets.

Economic Nationalism at the Expense of GCC Integration

Economic Nationalism at the Expense of GCC Integration

There are a number of new tax initiatives unfolding across the Gulf Cooperation Council, the most publicized and cohesive of which is the value-added tax to be introduced collectively in 2018.

Market Watch Blog AGSIW | Karen E. Young | Fiscal policy

Oman’s Fiscal Management Problem

Oman’s Fiscal Management Problem

Omani foreign policy is deft; its fiscal policy, however, is struggling.

Market Watch Blog AGSIW | Karen E. Young | Fiscal policy

International Trade, Investment, and Finance in the Trump Administration

International Trade, Investment, and Finance in the Trump Administration

On January 20, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as president of the United States. AGSIW senior resident scholars examine statements made by some of the president’s key Cabinet nominees during their confirmation hearings – and by the president himself – for clues to the new administration’s likely policies on the issues of most pressing interest to the Gulf Arab states.

Easing Labor Market Restrictions in the Gulf

Easing Labor Market Restrictions in the Gulf

Labor markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council states are notoriously rigid: in their protection of nationals in public sector employment, in the preferential treatment of nationals in ownership structures of private firms, and in the tight regulation of foreign workers’ mobility.

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