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Economics South and Central Asia

IMF forecasts Russian economic slowdown

Questions arise over the long-term viability of the Russian economy after the IMF downgrading of Russia’s GDP forecast from an estimated 2.5 to 1.5 percent in 2013 and 3.25 to

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Palestine’s private sector growth plan depends on politics

Private sector-led growth and decreased Israeli restrictions on trade are needed to boost Palestine’s stagnant economy. The Palestinian Economic Initiative represents a potential solution, but its success depends upon political

Europe Politics

Turkey’s EU membership inches forward

After a three and a half year hiatus, negotiations with Turkey on its accession into the European Union will reopen. Negotiations with Turkey were supposed to occur in June of

Europe Technology and infrastructure

UK’s High Speed Rail 2 unlikely to boost growth by itself

It has not been a good month for High Speed Rail 2 (HS-2). The proposed upgrade to transport infrastructure that would connect London to Birmingham with a high-speed line running

International Politics

Are rights abuses behind Gambia’s Commonwealth exit?

Gambia’s exit from the Commonwealth has – Gambia’s accusation of neo-colonialism aside – raised question as to whether rights abuses drove Gambia to exit. Last week, the Gambia withdrew from

International Security

How Al Qaeda is Losing the Battle for Hearts and Minds

With the death of Omar Hammami, an Alabama-born Somali militant, Al Qaeda recruitment efforts in the West are a diminishing security threat. On September 12th, Omar Hammami, an Alabama-born al-Shabaab

Economics North America

US Shutdown Warm-up to Debt Ceiling Negotiations?

The Economist gave a blistering verdict on the political impasse in Congress today: “Once a stalwart of good governance, America looks like a rodeo clown”. How has it come to

Asia Pacific Economics

The US is Winning the Asia PTA Race

With political instability in the Middle East and North Africa, and uncertainties in South America, it seems that among developing regions, only Pacific Asia continues to boast strong growth and

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Syria’s Civil War Has Environmental Origins

The environmental causes of Syria’s civil war are often overlooked by commentary on the conflict: join GRI as we dive into the issue. In the middle of a bloody conflict,

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Origins of Egypt’s crisis are not economic

Guest blogger David Bresnahan-McRae argues that restructuring policies favouring specific parts of Egyptian society are the real origins of inequality and the current crisis in Egypt. The recent crisis in Egypt