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Interview: Prospects for investment in Syria’s reconstruction

With ISIS seemingly on the retreat, what can we expect security risks in Syria to look like in 2018? GRI asked Syria expert Rasmus Jacobsen – co-founder and head of analysis for Atlas Assistance, a Beirut-based risk management company – to weigh in.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 21 – 27 January 2018

Meeting in Davos to unite several world leaders and financial experts. Cape Town restricts water use. Secretary Tillerson travels to EU to discuss Iran.

Middle East/North Africa Security Technology and infrastructure

Swarm drone attack in Syria points to new kind of warfare

The 5 January drone attack against two Russian bases in Syria highlights the growing risk posed by non-state actors using UAVs for offensive operations.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Institutional reform and private sector legitimacy key to reducing instability risk in Iran

Protests and instability could erupt again if key structural issues are not addressed and economic growth does not trickle down to most Iranians over the medium-term.

International Politics Technology and infrastructure The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 7-13 January 2018

North and South Korea prepare for Olympic talks. Iran protests raise more questions. Consumer Electronic Show lights up Vegas. U.S. budget showdown looms. All in The Week Ahead. 

Middle East/North Africa Security

The Security Briefing: Yemen in 2018

As we celebrate the new year, the war in Yemen rages. What is the future of this conflict that pits Saudi Arabia coalition forces against Houthis and Iran?

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Protests spell trouble for Iranian government and JCPOA

Iranians are growing increasingly frustrated with corruption and economic mismanagement. What are the consequences for the regime?

Latin America Security Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Hezbollah and Iran find new strength in Latin America

Is anyone paying attention to Hezbollah and Iran’s presence in Latin America?

Middle East/North Africa Security

Is an Israel-Hezbollah war inevitable?

As Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem raises tensions, the real threat may be elsewhere: the risk of military confrontation between Tel Aviv and Hezobllah has not been this high since 2006.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 12 – 18 November

Saudi politics poised for further developments as tensions with Iran rise. Chile selects new president to succeed Bachelet. U.S. stock market continues to rise despite government policy failing to live up to the hype. All in The Week Ahead.