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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

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Can Israel become the world’s next tech capital?

The dissolution of the Soviet Union led to a rapid influx of Jewish immigration, with no fewer than 1.6 million new residents settling in Israel. Many had been trained in engineering and

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

How water is critical to a lasting Middle East peace

While agricultural output in Palestinian territories is a key driver of the domestic economy, uncertainties revolving around water supply and allocations by Israel continue to weaken economic prospects.  With the recent

Economics North America

US Cities Series: Pittsburgh makes its mark as an international city

A model of economic transformation, Pittsburgh today is known for its innovation, energy, and as a center for education and healthcare. But is the Steel City on track to become

Politics The Week Ahead

GRI’s Weekly Risk Outlook

Nuclear talks with Iran continue as deadlines loom. The Fed meets to discuss increases in interest rates. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu faces reelection hiccups. China and Japan head for a prospective

Middle East/North Africa Security

Increased security risk ahead for Golan Heights’ economy

The Syrian Civil War is intensifying along the border with Israel. This will upset the political balance of the region and will impact the economy of the Golan Heights with

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Lebanon oil and gas offshore exploration mired in risk

Estimates show that Lebanon has significant offshore energy reserves, including more than 120 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. International firms have lined up to begin exploration into these energy fields,

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Israel’s primary education needs work to stay ahead

According to an October 2014 study challenging the fairness of Israeli education, Israeli Arabs are disadvantaged relative to their Jewish peers when it comes to sitting standardized exams because Arabic

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

Economics International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Israeli central bank to decide on interest rates. New home price data set for release in the United States. American banks to face new liquidity regulations. AirAsia crash creates potential