Migrant labor has played a fundamental role in the development of the Gulf Arab states. But recent social tensions and a severe economic downturn have put pressure on migrant workers. In an email interview, Karen Young explains what underpins migrant labor in the Gulf and what has changed over time.
The aging leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has governed for 12 years without a deputy. But his health is failing, and Palestinians are concerned about a political vacuum if a popular successor is not found within his Fatah party soon. The looming crisis boils down to two key factors.