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Middle East/North Africa Politics

Expect increase in US activity in Middle East

There will be a surge in the United States’ Middle East foreign policy between now and the presidential election in 2016. Expect a greater military role in Syria, improved ties

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Niger is key to West Africa’s future security

As the United States and France continue to battle militants in West Africa, the impoverished nation of Niger will play a crucial role in establishing security in the region. Niger

Middle East/North Africa Security

How will Libya’s ongoing crisis affect MENA region?

Libya faces ongoing political threats including Islamist extremists, all the while it still lacks central control over its oil resources. The internal turmoil could have international implications. As international attention shifts to

Economics International

Will commercial airlines avoid conflict zones?

Commercial airlines are reconsidering flying over “hot” conflict zones after the recent Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash over eastern Ukraine. How long will this change last? EU and US sanctions and

Middle East/North Africa Security

Is Khalifa Haftar Libya’s next strongman?

Violence in Libya has moved the country close to a failed state. With the United States determined to prevent another Islamist takeover in the region, is General Khalifa Haftar in line to

International Natural resources and energy

Political risk alive and well in the global oil industry

Despite innovation in the US oil patch, the big stories in oil still lie outside the US—where hydraulic fracturing and innovation in drilling technology are unlikely to play a major

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Despite repercussions, Boko Haram threat will persist

Rooted in poor governance, rampant unemployment and transnational links, Boko Haram may pay for its latest senseless act of predation. But its prospects, unfortunately, are bright. Boko Haram is known for

International Politics

Is South Sudan a game-changer in China’s foreign policy?

China’s active bid for South Sudan’s peace deal may mark a shift away from its traditional ‘non-interference’ foreign policy towards a more proactive role in global politics. Despite China’s unprecedented rise

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Is there any hope left for Libya?

Since the fall of Qaddafi, Libya has continuously fallen victim to armed militias and political deadlock, weakening its economy and eroding public trust in the new government. Diversification is key

Middle East/North Africa Politics

High unemployment forces Tunisians into smuggling

With a new constitution hailed as the most liberal in the Arab world, Tunisia seems to be on a path to democracy. Staggering unemployment and economic woes, however, have led to