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Exclusive Interview: Alfa Bank’s Chief Economist on the outlook for Russia

Natalia Orlova, Chief Economist and Head of Macro Insights at Alfa Bank, offers her expert view on Russia’s economic outlook – and warns that the market may be incorrectly pricing sovereign risks.

Asia Pacific Economics Technology and infrastructure

Could China overtake the the US in AI development?

US-based companies have long been considered industry-leaders in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). As the Chinese government prioritizes state support for AI development, will the US be left behind?

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Will Saudi Arabia’s latest megacity venture deliver on the hype?

In the process of diversifying its economy to become less reliant on its oil reserves, Saudi Arabia recently announced the launch of a megacity and special economic zone called Neom. GRI assesses its potential.

Economics Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Ethiopia’s economic growth offers opportunities and challenges

Ethiopia is booming, with manufacturing, energy and infrastructure leading the way. But the weak private sector and cracks in the federalist political model pose risks to further growth and investment.

Economics Special Reports

China’s Trans-Eurasia trade routes: Outlook for 2018

An excerpt from our Belt and Road Initiative: Risk Insights report for 2018. This section covers rail and multimodal trade through Eurasia. 

Economics Europe

The U.S. blacklist of Russian oligarchs: what is the real impact?

The blacklist’s signaling effect will be significant – creating perceived risks for US or EU companies in working with listed persons and their companies.

Economics North America

The modern worker’s dilemma: why are wages falling?

With U.S. economic growth strong and unemployment low, policymakers and economists alike are asking themselves: Why are wages falling?

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Civil unrest awaits Chad as Idriss Déby likely to remain unchallenged

Chad will hold parliamentary elections in 2018, three years after the end of the initial parliamentary term, with Idriss Déby set to remain in power.

Economics Europe Natural resources and energy

Gas sector reform in Ukraine: unfinished business

Reforming the gas sector remains one of the most crucial pre-requisites to achieving a genuine political transformation in Ukraine.

Economics North America

Opportunity slips away as disagreements over NAFTA continue

President Donald Trump will face major decisions around trade in 2018, especially with regard to the 24-year old North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA).