Risk Watch

Kuwait  18/04/12

Kuwait’s parliament passed a law making blasphemy punishable by law

Kuwait’s parliament passed a law making blasphemy punishable by law. The law could be used to prosecute Shiites, potentially creating a serious long-term rift between Shiites and Sunnis....
Bahrain  18/04/12

Formula 1 announcement triggers protests

Bahrain’s Shiites have called for mass protests against the decision to hold Formula One in the country....
Jordan  30/06/11

Jordanian PM tightly survives impeachment on corruption allegations

Jordan’s prime-minister has narrowly survived an impeachment vote in parliament. However, situation in the country appears to be heading towards a political escalation....
Saudi Arabia  30/06/11

Saudi Crown Prince leaves country for medical reasons

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Sultan has left the country for medical treatment. The king has also relieved a key prince from this duties as head of the prime-minister’s court....
Yemen  30/06/11

Saleh clings to power as AQAP makes further advances

Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh remains defiant about his imminent return to Yemen. This indicates that the Saudis have still not been able to broker a deal. ...
Syria  30/06/11

Protests continue as Assad's promise of reforms fails to appease protestors

Syria’s president has failed to appease protestors, as he promised to make political reforms. The situation appears to be escalating....
Kuwait  17/06/11

Emir threatens crackdown, Sheikh Ahmed resigns in Kuwait

The Emir of Kuwait attacks parliament and threatens to heavily crackdown on dissenters....
Jordan  17/06/11

East Bank Jordanians demonstrate as King announces plans for reforms

Jordanians from the East Bank have held rare protests calling for political reform and improvement of their economic conditions....
Bahrain  17/06/11

US adds Bahrain to list of human right abusers, as Formula 1 cancelled

The US has severely criticized Bahrain’s human rights record adding it to the list of countries of human rights abusers....
Yemen  17/06/11

Saleh goes to Saudi Arabia for treatment as Yemen falls into further chaos

With the situation still unresolved, the return to normality will likely take longer as Yemen is gripped by mass protests, and parts of the country falling into the hands of militants....
Syria  17/06/11

Protests continue in Syria as thousands of refugees flee to Turkey

Continuing and escalating mass protests in Syria have led to thousands of refugees leaving to Turkey....
Kuwait  03/06/11

Government and parliament clash as cracks appear in government

Cracks have appeared within the pro-government supporters in the Kuwaiti parliament, possibly indicating increasing tensions within the ruling family....
Saudi Arabia  03/06/11

Saudi Arabia announces stricter laws for employing expatriates

Saudi Arabia has passed new labour laws aimed at increasing local employment and restricting expatriate employment....
Qatar  03/06/11

Qatar’s FIFA chief candidate withdraws as Qatar accused of corruption

Allegations of bribery and corruption against Qatar in its attempt to win the right to host the 2022 World Cup will likely have reputation as well as economic consequences....
Yemen  03/06/11

Civil war erupts in Yemen as GCC initiative fails

Yemen has erupted into civil war with various parts of the country falling under the control of opposition groups, including AQAP....

Bank deposits increase but banks reluctant to lend

Figures released by the UAE Central Bank indicate that bank deposits have reached their highest level in almost two years....
GCC  17/05/11

GCC welcomes Jordan and invites Morocco to join group

The GCC’s invitation to Jordan to join the GCC is a positive step for both the GCC and Jordan....
Kuwait  17/05/11

New Kuwaiti government sworn in and grilling requests submitted

The new Kuwaiti government has been sworn in, immediately to face grilling requests from the opposition....
Saudi Arabia  17/05/11

Bin Laden’s killed in US raid in Pakistan

The killing of Saudi terrorist Osama Bin Laden will likely have implications for Yemen and the GCC, including Saudi Arabia....
Yemen  17/05/11

Dozens of protesters killed and wounded in continuing protests in Yemen

The stagnation of the Yemeni crisis are significantly increasing the risk of a civil war....

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