Sami Mahroum

How Middle Eastern immigrants boost US competitiveness

DUBAI – In his 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein chose a Muslim linguist, “Dr. Mahmoud,” to help the book’s Martian-raised protagonist make the transition to life in the United States. Stranger may be fiction, but Heinlein...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

The new brain drain in science

DUBAI – In December 2013, the Nobel laureate physicist Peter Higgs told The Guardian that if he were seeking a job in academia today, “I don’t think I would be regarded as productive enough.” Having published fewer than ten papers since his groundbreaking work in 1964, Higgs...

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

An OPEC for migrant labour?

DUBAI – In September 1960, delegates from Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela met in Baghdad to form the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. As the world’s dependence on oil increased, so did OPEC’s power. Today, with many developing countries, including a...

Monday, August 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

The Gulf States' expat dividend

Sami Mahroum PARIS – How should policymakers in the Middle East’s Gulf States manage their countries’ large expatriate workforces? In Saudi Arabia, foreign nationals account for roughly one-third of the population. In Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, nine out of every ten residents is an...

Monday, June 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why the proposed approach on Syria might not achieve its goal

PARIS – The agreement reached between the United States and Russia to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons ties the disarmament process to negotiations aimed at ending the country’s civil war. That is surely a sensible approach. Unfortunately, two major problems with the proposed...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 12:00 AM

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