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Economics International

The evolving role of maritime straits

A guest post by Aldo Premoli, co-founder of Mediterraneo, Sicilia, Europa, on the role of maritime shipping in the global economy.

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Egypt—IMF talks: Good goals, risky business

Securing the IMF loan is a positive development for Egypt. However, there are numerous obstacles and risks associated with implementing the IMF program.

Latin America Technology and infrastructure

3 Risks facing the expanded Panama Canal

The newly expanded Panama Canal faces serious risks from competitors, climate change, and changes in the shipping industry, which could result in instability.

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Upgrading the Suez Canal: Egypt’s trade gamble

The continuing upgrades of Egypt’s Suez Canal may yield long-term benefits for Egypt in the form of increased trade. However, significant political and economic risks remain in the short-term that

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Suez Canal expansion informs investors about Egypt’s other mega-projects

The brand-new expansion of Egypt’s Suez Canal was meant to be a symbol of the country’s return to stability. But Egypt’s questionable history with mega-projects, and the persistence of more

Middle East/North Africa Politics

The moral dilemma of Egypt’s President al-Sisi

If the world wants to accept the economic successes of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, it must also accept the terrible cost in human rights. Since winning last year’s election

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Two ways WWII’s legacy still links Europe to the Middle East

This May 7th marks the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe (VE Day). Just a short distance away, the Middle East still remains a major source of

Economics International

Northeast Passage to revolutionize global shipping

Developing the Northeast Passage could revitalize Arctic regions, allow the shipping industry to bypass politically unstable areas and reduce travel costs and carbon emissions. But the project is dependent on

Middle East/North Africa Security

Egypt’s economic lifeline runs through the Suez Canal

Given the political uncertainty and public unrest following the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, the stability of the Suez Canal is vital to Egypt’s economy. However, short-term security mitigation overlooks

International Natural resources and energy

China Moves on Arctic Resource Potential

China hopes to utilize its growing economic clout and new Arctic council observer status to push for greater polar influence. This year, the Arctic Council admitted six new nations as