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Why the US should invest in Iran

As the US and Iran move towards rapprochement, Iran has the potential to become an exciting investment climate and place to park money in the near future. Necessity makes strange

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Is Muslim Brotherhood Ban a Return to Oppression?

As Egypt’s interim government moves to ban the Muslim Brotherhood, questions are emerging as to whether calls for freedom in Tahrir Square are backsliding? On the 23rd of September, after the socialist

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Saudi Arabia’s record output fails to ease shortage fears

As a number of OPEC countries face stagnant or falling production and oil prices creep steadily upwards, the question of whether Saudi Arabia can offset further shortages is more pressing

Middle East/North Africa Security

Libya’s Government and Militias Vie for Power

Almost two years after former Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed, the political situation in the country is not living up to the promise of the revolution. The

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Syria’s Civil War Has Environmental Origins

The environmental causes of Syria’s civil war are often overlooked by commentary on the conflict: join GRI as we dive into the issue. In the middle of a bloody conflict,

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Interview: High Oil Prices Are Here to Stay

Basim Al-Ahmadi, co-founder of GRI, sat down with Oskar Slingerland, who was an oil industry executive for 25 years and who has worked in all oil sectors from crude supply

Middle East/North Africa Security

Karzai Consolidates Power before 2014 Elections

Following a summer of promising electoral reforms, President Hamid Karzai is now moving to broker peace talks with the Taliban following years of failed attempts. The Taliban were removed from power

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Economic Rebuilding Essential to R2P in Syria

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is an initiative created by the United Nations to alter the international community’s and individual states’ responses to human rights atrocities. The primary aim of

Middle East/North Africa Security

Will a Moderate Iran Ease Regional Tensions?

A recent Global Risk Insights post discussed an apparent softening of rhetoric on the part of Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, and foreign minister, Javad Zarif. Whether or not that apparent

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Iran’s Shifting Stance on Syria, Israel, and Nuclear Power

In the past few days, the international community has seen a series of surprising gestures from Iran, indicating a possible shift in posture. The West has grown accustomed to former