Strategic political and corporate leadership will be more challenging in a Middle East undergoing deep structural changes; success will lie in combining resilience, fast reactions and a subtle appreciation of the dynamics at play, Expectations for socio-economic and political change triggered by the Arab Spring remain high and are unlikely to subside in 2013. Governments across the region need to manage demands from more vocal and politicised populations. In 2013, the Gulf States will increasingly influence and be influenced by dynamics in the wider Middle East region. Drawn closer to their neighbours, how GCC leaders choose to define the Gulf’s role in a changing Middle East will have important implications for business.
Sunday 20, January 2013 by Robin Amlôt