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Middle East/North Africa Security

Chaos in Lebanon: How much longer can the military maintain law and order?

Last month, June 2021, I recorded a total of 97 Security Incidents happening across Lebanon. The vast majority of these were roadblocks set up by angry protesters over the rapidly deteriorating socio-economic conditions. There were, however, 15 occasions of violence, in security operations, militancy, crime and personal disputes. Towards the end of the month, this figure was quickly rising and has continued to increase into July. This begs the question: For how long can the un-paid and deeply suffering Lebanese military remain deployed to maintain law and order?

Economics Europe

UK consumer debt: A cause for alarm?

As consumer debt in the UK reaches pre-2008 financial crisis levels within a new low interest rate austerity dynamic, we examine whether there is reasonable cause for concern and how the Government and Bank of England mitigate the risk.

Asia Pacific Economics

Chinese debt risks financial collapse

Chinese debt poses great risks, require an overhaul of the financial sector, and demonstrate the need for a new growth model. The quarterly report of the Bank for International Settlements paints

Economics Latin America

Venezuela: Mired in crisis, with no clear path ahead

With Venezuela facing an unprecedented economic crisis, time is running out to enact much-needed reforms and avoid a drawn out catastrophe.

Asia Pacific Economics

Risks to China’s housing markets return

China’s economic and monetary policies are overheating property markets in China’s tier-one cities. Investors should be wary of the potential for asset bubbles to form in local housing markets in

Europe Finance

Negative interest rates threaten Europe’s financial stability

Negative interest rates erode the profitability of the banking sector and pose a threat to financial stability. In exchange, they offer an economic stimulus that is mild at best and

Europe Finance

Will Italian banks spark another financial crisis?

In the 14th century, the Medici family of Florence began its rise to prominence, investing profits from a thriving textile trade to fund what would become the largest banking institution

Europe Politics

Economic crisis and upcoming elections thwart reform in Belarus

With presidential elections in Belarus scheduled for October and the government turning to Russia for assistance in mitigating the impact of an economic crisis, the country is unlikely to implement any

Middle East/North Africa Politics

The roots of Iraq’s coming financial crisis

Low oil prices and the battle against Islamic State (IS) are pushing Iraq toward a financial crisis. Only fundamental reforms, especially decentralization of power, can resolve the challenges facing Iraq

Finance International

Where does bitcoin fit in the currency crisis?

At every turn, Bitcoin supporters say their anonymous cryptocurrency is the solution for countries in currency crisis. Despite its other shortcomings, bitcoin has a use in places like Argentina, but