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Finance Sub-Saharan Africa Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Sukuk bonds boom in West Africa

West Africa has long been under-serviced by Islamic finance, yet 2016 is seeing major growth in sukuk issuances, with domestic and foreign interest piqued.

Latin America Politics Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Nicaragua is using feminism to undermine democracy

President Daniel Ortega’s move to nominate his wife as vice-president has riled the opposition, as government lip service to feminism covers an attempt to create an increasingly autocratic political dynasty.

Security South and Central Asia Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Death of Burhan Wani stokes new violence in Kashmir

The death of Burhan Wani in the state of Kashmir has reignited a conflict which appears no closer to being resolved.

Asia Pacific Politics Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Papua New Guinea gripped by nationwide civil disobedience

The government of Peter O’Neill is besieged by a wave of civil disobedience, as calls for his resignation have destabilized the country.

Asia Pacific Economics Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Laos’ new PM pushes for regional integration

Laos’ new leader Thangloun Sisoulith is banking on regional integration and economic diversification, as Laos chairs ASEAN in 2016.

Sub-Saharan Africa Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Instability in Zambia increases as election looms

Zambia is witnessing violence against opposition parties and foreigners n the run-up to elections in August. With the economy in trouble in the wake of low commodity prices, President Edgar Lungu is attempting to consolidate power, after what has been a tumultuous two years.

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Tanzania’s helium find risks greater instability over land

A new helium find will spur mining in Tanzania, yet this risks increasing tensions with indigenous communities over land rights, threatening investors.

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa Under The Radar

Under The Radar: Deadly clashes in South Africa highlight ANC failure

South Africa is suffering from a wave of violence that highlights widespread dissatisfaction in the country’s leadership and their economic stewardship.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy Under The Radar

Under The Radar: Why China’s energy deregulation overshadows the Aramco IPO

Fighting pollution and overcapacity, China is deregulating its energy sector, opening up one of the country’s last unexploited markets.