Joseph Adam Ereli spent 22 years working for the US Foreign Service, with four years as US ambassador to Bahrain. In a revealing interview, he describes the balancing act involved in such a role, his thoughts on current tensions among the Gulf member states and why he is such a critic of America’s policy towards Bahrain and in the wider region.
Sarosh Zaiwalla's client list has included names such as the Gandhi family, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, the Dalai Lama, Saddam Hussein and Benazir Bhutto, while he has worked for the governments of Dubai, China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China. As he looks to expand his firm into the Middle East, he is taking on another hot topic: representing Iran’s biggest bank as it sues the UK government for damages over sanctions
Veteran US senator and special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell knows more than most the difficulties associated with achieving peace in the region. Two and a half years since the start of the Arab Spring, and three months since renewed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians began, Mitchell gives his view on the prospects for stability in the Middle East
The Dubai International Financial Centre Courts has seen its remit expand globally in recent years and some of the best legal minds in the world have come to Dubai to try and replicate what they have accomplished elsewhere. Mark Beer, the courts’ registrar, describes how it achieved this in less than a decade
An author, historian and former economy and trade minister, Qatar’s HE Sheikh Mohamed AJ Althani questions whether Arabs are doing enough to retain their culture, and explains why the state cannot play a central role in the diversification of local economies forever
The first Arab to sit on the board of an international law firm, DLA Piper regional boss Aziz Abdullah Al Yaqout argues the case for enhanced access for global legal outfits and better bankruptcy legislation