Stories written by Ehtesham Shahid

Interview with Brian Hook: We call Iran regime what it is – a ‘kleptocracy’

Brian Hook, the US Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State, was in Abu Dhabi as part of Mike Pompeo’s delegation touring eight nations across Gulf and Middle East. Hook sat down with Al Arabiya English for an exclusive conversation. Here is the entire interview:

BRIDGING DIVIDES: Is China an Asset or Liability for the Developing World?

The context In the Cold War era, China’s relations with the developing world were based on a combination of ideology and foreign policy interests. During those times, Beijing used solidarity with the “third world” to distinguish itself from the United States and the Soviet Union, both of which China considered hegemonic powers.

Blockchain can solve third world problems but who will bell the cat?

“Is blockchain made of gold”? My wife’s rather amusing question during a random research turned out to be more than just comic intervention. It raised a pertinent point though. Wouldn’t it be good if we dealt with blockchain like gold, which is traditional, time-tested and a commodity with proven value?

Why World Cup can mirror but not resolve global complexities

On July 15, the world will have a new football champion. The team, not necessarily the best in the world, will be crowned and remain so until another round of qualifiers build up to the crescendo we are witnessing now.