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Asia Pacific Economics

Assessing the investment climate in post-1MDB Malaysia

With Malaysia grappling with the prolonged fallout from the 1MDB scandal, has the scandal has caused a noticeable shift in Malaysia’s investment climate?

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

East Africa’s pipeline politics in 2016

East Africa’s LAPSSET project remains at the volatile nexus of political and commercial dynamics with its short to medium term success increasingly unlikely. East Africa’s aspirations for economic integration were

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Cracking Côte d’Ivoire’s cashew market

Already the world’s top cocoa exporter and one of the top coffee producers, Côte d’Ivoire is cashing in on the cashew nut boom, racing to outperform India as the world’s leading grower

Politics South and Central Asia

India’s enhanced engagement with Southeast Asia

India’s strategic engagement with Southeast Asia has gathered momentum over the past two decades. Although still largely driven by trade and economics, regional stability and security are increasingly part of India’s

Economics Middle East/North Africa

The deceptive nature of Israel-Turkey relations

Although Israeli-Turkish political ties are fragile at best, the two countries have continued to enjoy increased bilateral trade ties. Within the rarefied circle of international relations, that Turkey and Israel

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Oman’s path to Iran

Through economic ties and a careful, long-standing diplomatic posture, Oman has become a key player in the Middle East. Over the last weekend of October, an International trade exhibition was

Economics Europe

Challenges for UK ‘golden era’ ties with China

Last week, Xi Jinping concluded his first official visit to the UK. The tour ended with a series of deals worth $60 billion. While business investors are looking to deepen trade

Asia Pacific Economics

Indonesia policy package met with skepticism

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has rolled out the first of three policy packages aimed at deregulating the economy. The policies have been met with skepticism, however, as Widodo’s administration has

Asia Pacific Politics

China’s Xi seeks to reassure on cybercrime, stock market

On his first official state visit to the United States, Chinese president Xi Jinping aims to regain Washington’s trust on China’s commitment to fight cybercrime and hacking, as well as

Asia Pacific Politics

Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal shatters business confidence

Malaysia’s once fast growing economy – buoyed by cheap labour and high quality products – risks losing its attractiveness to foreign investors as probe into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal unfolds.