Five events re­shap­ing Arab world named

Fo­rum lists po­lit­i­cal Islam, Daesh, pro-Iran mili­tia, Qatar boy­cott and Saudi re­forms

Gulf News - - Nation - Staff Re­port

The Arab Strat­egy Fo­rum, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Arab Gulf States In­sti­tute in Wash­ing­ton, yes­ter­day is­sued a re­port analysing five key events that could dras­ti­cally shift the fu­ture of the Arab world.

The re­port, ti­tled Five Key Events that are Re­shap­ing Arab Re­al­i­ties, is one of many an­nual stud­ies pub­lished by the fo­rum, which takes place on Wed­nes­day in Dubai.

The five events the re­port fo­cuses on are the cri­sis of po­lit­i­cal Islam, the rise and fall of Daesh, the rise of pro-Ira­nian non-state ac­tors, the Qatar boy­cott, and the so­cioe­co­nomic re­forms in Saudi Ara­bia.

The re­port was launched at a panel dis­cus­sion ahead of the fo­rum, led by Hus­sain Ibish, se­nior res­i­dent scholar at the Arab Gulf States In­sti­tute, and Mo­ham­mad Al Ham­madi, edi­tor in chief of Al­roeya news­pa­per.

One of the most sig­nif­i­cant out­comes of the Arab Spring has been the brief rise, sud­den fall and on­go­ing cri­sis of the Is­lamist move­ments as­so­ci­ated with the Mus­lim Brother­hood, the re­port said.

The re­port said some coun­tries of the GCC re­gion, in­clud­ing the UAE, demon­strate the po­ten­tial of an Arab so­ci­ety that is mul­tire­li­gious, cul­tur­ally and eth­ni­cally di­verse.

UAE model

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, some coun­tries of the GCC re­gion, in­clud­ing the UAE, demon­strate the po­ten­tial of an Arab so­ci­ety that is multi-re­li­gious, cul­tur­ally and eth­ni­cally di­verse, and re­li­giously and so­cially tol­er­ant.

The re­port notes that the strug­gle against some of the most vi­cious forms of armed re­li­gious ex­trem­ism in the past five years has fo­cused on com­bat­ing the rise of Daesh.

It also said that a dif­fer­ent set of ex­trem­ist non-state ac­tors threat­ens the con­tem­po­rary Mid­dle East — the pro-Ira­nian mili­tias. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, one of the most prob­lem­atic el­e­ments in the net­work of Ira­nian-backed ex­trem­ist and non-state ac­tors is the Al Houthi mili­tia in Ye­men.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the boy­cott of Qatar by Saudi Ara­bia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt that be­gan in early June 2017 res­onated on a re­gional and global level.

The re­port also said the dra­matic trans­for­ma­tion of Saudi so­ci­ety has broader re­gional res­o­nance and sig­nif­i­cance. Saudi Ara­bia has emerged as a de­ci­sive re­gional power with the UAE as its strongest re­gional part­ner.

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