Middle East

Middle East

Links to news sources from many Middle East countries are available from al-bab.com.

For information about individual countries, see the Statesman’s Yearbook and the entries in this Guide for “Country Information” and “Doing Business in Foreign Countries.”

Lexis Middle East Law provides selected laws, regulations, gazettes, cases and news, as well as commentary on Middle East legal issues. Jurisdictions covered include United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, DIFC Dubai, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Turkey, Oman, Sharjah, the Dubai International Financial Centre, the QFC Freezone, Bahrain, Ras al Khaimah, TECOM, Ajman, Ummal Quwain, Fujirah, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Iran. A subscription is required to get most of the documents on the site but , if you are stuck you, can click on the .

Westlaw Gulf provides business-related laws and judicial opinions in Arabic and English translations from Persian Gulf states including Kuwait, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia (subscription required). Subscribers can place custom requests to have laws and other documents translated within 72 hours.

Articles on legal research in many Middle Eastern countries is available in the Foreign Law Research section of Globalex. Legal summaries for individual countries are posted by Info-Prod Research. The Library of Congress posts Legal Research Guide: Lebanon and Guide to Online Resources: Lebanon. For more resources, see also the “Foreign Laws” entry of this Guide.

Arab League Boycott of Israel: Basic documents for the Arab League’s boycott of Israel can be found in The Palestine Yearbook of International Law, volumes III (1986) and IV (1987-88), both of which have a section called “Special Report: The Arab Boycott Regulations.” The original boycott was announced officially in 1945 and solidified after the 1948 war. The boycott announcement was restated and supplemented in the “General Principles for the Boycott of Israel” (1972), which can be found in Information on Arab League boycott of Israel supplied by the Subcommittee on Multinational Corporations of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (available at the Library of Congress, among other places). The actual implementation of the boycott is found in the laws of the individual countries enforcing the boycott. U.S. regulations prohibiting compliance with the boycott are found at 15 C.F.R. 760. The U.S. rules are enforced by the Office of Antiboycott Compliance at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Country Information
Doing Business in Foreign Countries
Foreign Laws
Saudi Arabia
Treaties – U.S.
Treaties – Foreign

Middle East Alliances and Foreign Policy


From a proxy war in Yemen to an ongoing civil war in Syria, a number of ongoing conflicts have shaken the traditional alliances in the Middle East to their core. As alliances between state and non-state actors in the region are constantly shifting, the U.S. has found itself between a rock and a hard place. In a series of conflicts that are far from being black-and-white, what can the U.S. do to secure its interests in the region without causing further damage and disruption?[1]


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Notes and References

1. Source: the Foreign Policy Association.

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See also

  • IFC
  • Former South Yemen
  • Aden protectorate
  • People’s Republic of Yemen
  • Republic of Yemen
  • Near East



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