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N°07 – April 2021


• p. 2 Our Team—  Founding members and advisory board

• p. 4 Water security and the Nile: a national cause — Shathil Nawaf Taqa

• p. 5 Water, the diamond of the world  Camille Seychal

• p. 7 Is the double shock over? Iraq finally passes a 2021 budget — Yesar Al-Maleki
• p. 7 Building bridges between the East and the West through Culture Khelil Mehenni

• p. 8 The Five commandments for the Gulf-Oriented businessperson — Mehdi M.A.

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N°06 – February 2021


• p. 2 MENA facing multiple unstainabilities — Fabien Laurençon et Florent Parmentier

• p. 3  Food security in the Gulf — Shathil Nawaf Taqa
• p. 5  Business opportunities in Kuwait — Ambassador Anne-Claire Legendre

• p. 7 Kuwait’s new economic perspectives — Shaikha Al Bahar
• p. 9 Overcoming the GCC crisis : Kuwait at the forefront — SSF 

• p. 11 The legal framework for FDI in Kuwait — Khalifa Al-Yakout

• p. 15  Biden and the Middle East — Côme de Villepin

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N°05 – December 2020


• p. 2 Doing business in QatarDr. Julie Boisard-Pétrissans

• p. 3 The India-China economic cooperation in critical stageDinakar Peri

• p. 7 Algeria’s Economic Prospects Nadia Henni-Moulaï

• p. 8 Caucasus: what role for Europe after the conflict ?Scutum Security First

• p. 11 The Pharmaceutical Industry in the Middle EastBertrand de Lavenne

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N°04 – November 2020


• p. 2 Women’s autonomy in Saudi Arabia – Soha Alharbi

• p. 4 The economic potential and opportunities in the EAU – Farid Vahid

• p. 6 Could the Middle East be the next heaven for startups ? – Hocine Malkia

• p. 8 Living 10 years in Oman – Gilles Desorbay 

• p. 10 Sport in the Middle East, between soft power and strategy for the future – Scutum Security First

• p. 12 Pharmaceutical industry challenges in North Africa – Bertrand de Lavenne

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N°03 – September 2020


Global Britain by Alastair Watson p.2

Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean by SFF p.3

Saudi Arabia in Africa by Antoine Ripaud p.5

Trading in Africa from a Turkish perspective by Abdülkadir Güzeloğu p.7

Morocca, a regional player in Africa by Mourad Arbib p.8

India’s relations with the Middle East by Manod Jinnuri p.10

Doing business with Iran by Farid Vahid p.13

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N°02 – June 2020


How will the club operate ? by E. Schell and A. Houssard p.2

Response to Hervé Novelli’s article on Tourism p.3

Egypt standing the test of the Covid-19 global pandemic by Régis Monfront p.4

Could Egypt become a start-up nation? by Antoine Ripaud p.6

Great Power Competition by Charles Thépaut p.8

The Middle East at the New Silk Roads Junction by SSF p.10

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N°01 – May 2020


The Diwan’s Motto – Connecting East-West Leaders p.2

Why the Diwan? p.2

Call for Partnership – Diwan Leadership Program p.2

The Interview – Maurice Gourdault-Montagne p.3

Tourism in the COVID’s Aftermath by Hervé Novelli p.4 

A geopolitical overview by SSF p.5