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Why “Military First” is the wrong approach in the G5 Sahel

In the past week the United States, France and Russia pledged to increase their financial and military support to the G5 Sahel Joint Force, which consists of Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad and Mauritania, to fight terrorism and organized crime in the region. However, military efforts without a wider development strategy could just aggravate the security risks. 

Middle East/North Africa Security Special Reports

Special Report: How Iran is exporting the Hezbollah model to dominate the Middle East

The war against the Islamic State has expanded Iranian dominance through Baghdad and Damascus and advancing up to the Mediterranean Sea. Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are the front line in this rising tide of Iranian military and economic power.

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Egypt’s economic recovery will stall under state of emergency

On 12 October President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi declared yet another state of emergency – aimed at fighting terrorism. In the context of recent attacks, the policy’s effectiveness is in question.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Trump’s short-sighted stance on Iran leaves door open for China

Trump’s refusal to re-certify the JCPOA nuclear deal is likely to push Iran closer to China, which has become a major Iranian trading partner.

Economics Middle East/North Africa Special Reports

Saudi Arabia’s new economy: Projecting power in an unstable region

Part 3 of our special series on Saudi 2.0 assesses the outlook for economic reforms, and whether regional conflicts will put everything at risk.

Economics Middle East/North Africa Politics Special Reports

Saudi Arabia’s new economy: Too much, too fast?

The risks of Saudi Economy 2.0: challenges of fiscal reform, stewardship of the energy sector, and maintaining a careful social balance.

Economics Middle East/North Africa Special Reports

Saudi Arabia’s new economy: Insider’s view

GRI presents a 3-part series on risks and opportunities in the Kingdom. Our first post examines the the top sectors ripe for investment.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Trump’s attack on nuclear deal is bad news for Iran – and for America

Trump’s comments about the Iran nuclear deal will have implications for the agreement, for US diplomacy and for the business climate.

Middle East/North Africa Politics Special Reports

Is a new civil war looming over Algeria?

The bleak economic situation of Algeria increases the country’s political risk outlook in the coming years

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Saudi Arabia’s escalating foreign Policy: the Qatar crisis is just the beginning

Saudi Arabia is losing the shadow war against Iran. The Qatar crisis was a reaction to failures, but will likely drive Saudi to greater extremes.