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The Week Ahead

Election in South Korea could alter geopolitical equations in East Asia. Libya deal appears increasingly likely. Pressure on Greece to adopt reform package.

Middle East/North Africa Technology and infrastructure

10 Middle East start-ups to watch in 2016

For many, the Middle East hardly seems the locale for a burgeoning entrepreneurial scene. But over the last decade, the region has witnessed strong advances made by young minds to

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Egypt’s gas find sets Mediterranean geopolitics on fire

The recent natural gas find in Egypt ensures the country’s energy security, but also alters the energy and geopolitical dynamics in the eastern Mediterranean. Over the past few years, the

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Will Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood harm its Western backing?

Qatar’s intrepid foreign policy has led to isolation among their traditional Arab Gulf allies such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Will the wealthy kingdom find a way to protect

Middle East/North Africa Politics

What lies ahead for the Palestinian Authority?

The Palestinian Authority is facing a leadership crisis. Is Mohammed Dahlan positioned to become the next leader of the Palestinians? The issue of leadership succession in the Middle East is

Middle East/North Africa Security

Gaza financial crisis may spark renewed instability

While international headlines are focusing on the new battleground of the conflict between the Palestinians and Israel, the worsening financial troubles looming over the Gaza Strip have the potential to

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Is Israel distancing itself from Western allies?

The Swedish government’s decision to officially recognize the state of Palestine is indicative of growing international unrest towards Israel. Several Israeli government decision have alienated several of Israel’s allies and

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Expect increase in US activity in Middle East

There will be a surge in the United States’ Middle East foreign policy between now and the presidential election in 2016. Expect a greater military role in Syria, improved ties

Economics International

Investors underestimating risk in emerging market stocks

Despite political turmoil, investors remain bullish on emerging market equities. Is this because of improved understanding of risk, or complete misunderstanding? When the ‘taper tantrum’ hit for a second time

North America Politics

Opinion: New assertive Canadian foreign policy

The last decade has seen a dramatic transformation of Canada’s reputation and assertiveness abroad. Recent comments from Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau highlight just how fundamentally its foreign policy discourse has