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Municipal elections in Tunisia – a wakeup call

On 6 May, the first municipal elections in Tunisian history took place. But, only a third of eligible voters casted a ballot, and independent lists won more votes than the governing parties in contrast to high turnout in 2014. The results signal the population’s frustration with the country’s stagnation since 2011 and political fatigue among disappointed youth.

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Djibouti: what lies behind the ambitious investment program of the “New Dubai”?

Djibouti is today striving to become the “new Dubai,” a commercial hub for Eastern Africa and an outpost for its powerful Ethiopian neighbor.

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

The Philippines goes to the polls. Russia and the West continue negotiations over Ukraine. Brazil closes in on impeachment proceedings. Key conferences take place in the Middle East and Latin America. All in the Weekly Risk Outlook.

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Haiti’s gold problem

Haiti’s hidden gold may hold the key to alleviating its socio-economic issues; however this will be dependent on political stability and the absence of crony capitalism. Haiti is the poorest

Europe Security

Status quo in Azerbaijan election, but future less certain

Azerbaijan’s economy has grown spectacularly over the last 15 years, due to an abundance of fossil fuels in the Caspian Sea. Elections on November 1st appeared to show continuity but the

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Egypt Economic Development Conference ignores underlying issues

The Egypt Economic Development Conference this past weekend drew 1,700 investors and government leaders from 90 countries to Egypt’s resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh. The conference brought Egypt’s struggling economy

Economics Latin America

Pacific Alliance countries primed for infrastructure investment

Latin American markets present opportunities for multinational corporations in the construction industry. The countries that are most likely to invest in infrastructure are the Pacific Alliance countries since they are

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria tackles its pension problems

Nigeria’s recent pension reform seeks to make significant changes to the current system and signals Nigeria may be a good investment going forward. On April 8, 2014 the Nigerian Senate

Security South and Central Asia

Russia Prepares for NATO Withdrawal from Afghanistan

While most NATO troops are expected to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, Russia worries about the subsequent consequences for the stability of the region. According to NATO officials,