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Economics Middle East/North Africa

Fiscal tightening forces Kuwait to consider welfare reform

As Kuwait undergoes fiscal tightening, the government must begin to consider welfare reform as part of its efforts to tackle debt. Back in mid-October, Finance Minister Sheikh Salem Adbulaziz al-Sabah

Asia Pacific

Amid Myanmar’s Reforms, Unresolved Issues Remain

In reaction to political reforms, Myanmar’s once-hefty sanctions have been lifted by both the EU and US, and investors from around the world have stampeded into the market. Often being

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Is PetroChina’s Lack of Performance Simply Bad Business?

PetroChina is one of the globe’s foremost producers of crude oil and China’s largest company. Following its establishment in 1999, the oil giant has experienced a number of ‘ups’, but

Security South and Central Asia

India’s Naval Buildup Positive For Regional Commerce

On August 5, 2013 late in the night, five Indian soldiers were killed in an ambush while on patrol in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Early reports show that

Europe Politics

Opposition leader imprisoned in Russia

Alexei Navalny, the most prolific and well-known campaigner against Russian President Vladimir Putin, was arrested in July 2013 on doubtful charges. The anti-corruption activist was prosecuted for a deal he

Asia Pacific Politics

Party Corruption Plagues Nepal

According to the UK-based global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI), Nepal’s political parties rank among the most corrupt in the world.  TI’s ‘Global Corruption Barometer’, published earlier last week, based its results

Asia Pacific Economics

In spite of challenges, Indonesia is booming

“Indonesia is the least-unattractive country in the world” -M. Chatib Basri, chairman of the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board Things are going pretty well for Indonesia. Since surfacing virtually unscathed from

Latin America Security

Honduras’ Gangs Overrun World’s Murder Capital

San Pedro Sula is the second largest city in Honduras and the country’s hub for industry. It also happens to have the highest murder rate in the entire world. In recent

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Competitiveness Report Digest Part II: The Levant and North Africa

See Part I for an introduction to the Arab World Competitiveness Report 2013. Just as the Gulf countries exhibit similar strengths and weaknesses, countries of the Levant and North Africa