GCC & WORLD FINANCIAL MARKETS

February 8, 2008 at 5:57 pm | Posted in Arabs, Economics, Financial, Globalization, Middle East, Oil & Gas, Research | Leave a comment

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DB Research:

GCC – a new kind of soft power

with influence over world

financial markets

Deutsche Bank Research

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Fri 2/08/08

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Dear reader,

We have just issued the following note which is available at our website under the heading “Talking point”:

GCC – a new kind of soft power with influence over world financial markets

Almost every day we read headlines about the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, their massive capital injections and investments and the transformation of oil wealth into a new kind of soft power. Although there are significant differences between the six members of the GCC (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates), all have benefited from high energy prices and experienced a broad-based economic boom in recent years. Record-high oil export receipts have been reflected in sound government revenues, current account surpluses, large accumulation of foreign assets and an investment boom. The near-term economic outlook is quite favourable. High growth in the region is set to continue over the next few years, driven by high energy prices and growth in non-hydrocarbon sectors…..

Please find the complete text here:

http://www.dbresearch.com/PROD/DBR_INTERNET_EN-PROD/PROD0000000000220981.xhtml

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

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DB Research:

GCC – a new kind of soft power with

influence over world financial markets

Deutsche Bank Research

mailsystem.dbresearch@db.com

Fri 2/08/08

AFTER TAMERLANE: THE GLOBAL HISTORY OF EMPIRE BY JOHN DARWIN

February 8, 2008 at 12:36 pm | Posted in Books, Globalization, History, Third World | Leave a comment

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After Tamerlane: The Global

History of Empire Since 1405

John Darwin (Author)

Editorial Reviews

REVIEW

A work of massive erudition…overturns smug Eurocentric teleologies to present a compelling new perspective on international history.”—Maya Jasanoff, Guardian

An elegant and brilliant survey…Global history as something more—much more—than the story of the West’s domination of the Rest.”—Paul Kennedy, author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

“Nicely balanced between sweeping overview and illuminating detail, this lucid survey complicates and deepens our understanding of modern world history.”

Publisher’s Weekly

Book Description

A Rise and Fall of the Great Powers for the post–Cold War era—a brilliantly written, sweeping new history of how empires have ebbed and flowed over the past six centuries.

The death of the great Tatar emperor Tamerlane in 1405, writes historian John Darwin, was a turning point in world history. Never again would a single warlord, raiding across the steppes, be able to unite Eurasia under his rule. After Tamerlane, a series of huge, stable empires were founded and consolidated— Chinese, Mughal, Persian, and Ottoman—realms of such grandeur, sophistication, and dynamism that they outclassed the fragmentary, quarrelsome nations of Europe in every respect. The nineteenth century saw these empires fall vulnerable to European conquest, creating an age of anarchy and exploitation, but this had largely ended by the twenty-first century, with new Chinese and Indian super-states and successful independent states in Turkey and Iran.

This elegantly written, magisterial account challenges the conventional narrative of the “Rise of the West,” showing that European ascendancy was neither foreordained nor a linear process. Indeed, it is likely to be a transitory phase. After Tamerlane is a vivid, bold, and innovative history of how empires rise and fall, from one of Britain’s leading scholars. It will take its place beside other provocative works of “large history,” from Paul Kennedy’s The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers to David Landes’s The Wealth and Poverty of Nations or Niall Ferguson’s Empire.

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Product Details:

Hardcover: 592 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Press

First Edition edition (February 5, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1596913932

ISBN-13: 978-1596913936


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