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Sultan Al-Qassemi

Tribalism in the Arabian Peninsula: It Is a Family Affair

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Across the Arabian Peninsula and stretching well into North Africa and Sudan, there is a common bond, perhaps only behind religion and language in importance, that binds Arabic language speakers together. Museums across the Gulf proudly display lineage maps illustrating the family trees of ruling members, linking them through lines and photos from bygone centuries up to the current leader. Major financial institutions in Dubai and Bahrain display in their offices large-scale ...

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Pioneer Bloggers in the Gulf Arab States

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Long before Facebook updates and 140-character tweets, a number of cyber activists defined the landscape of non-government led opinion in the Gulf Arab states. In less than a decade, a group of bloggers—many of whom have never met—has paved the way for the emergence of the “other opinion” that was and continues to be largely missing from the government controlled Gulf Arab media. The shake-up to traditional media that these blogging pioneers caused was no less significant ...

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Sultan Al-Qassemi

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is a commentator on Arab affairs. He tweets as @SultanAlQassemi. Mr. Al-Qassemi taught Middle Eastern history and entrepreneurship as a Lecturer at Dubai Men’s College. He is a frequent commentator on political, social and economic issues in the region. His columns have also appeared in such international publications as The New York Times, The Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Open Democracy, The Independent, The Guardian, The National, and Gulf News. Mr. Al-Qassemi received a master’s degree in Global Banking and Finance from the European Business School, where he graduated with distinction in 2004. He received his B.Sc. in International Business Administration from the American University of Paris.