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Europe Natural resources and energy

Turkey Key to Future European Energy Security

With gas from the Caspian Sea set to move from the Southern Caucasus to Europe through Turkey by 2019, the EU-candidate country is destined to evolve into a more robust

Economics South and Central Asia

Kazakhstan Pegs Tenge to Foreign Currency Basket

Starting September 2nd, Kazakhstan will peg the tenge to a basket of foreign currencies, effectively ending the managed float that was put in place in March 2011. The basket will

Middle East/North Africa Security

Despite Recent Progress, Instability Persists in Somalia

Just one year ago, Somalia, which has weathered near-constant conflict of varying intensity since 1991, looked poised to finally emerge from the cycle of violence and economic despair. A new

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Competitiveness Report Digest Part II: The Levant and North Africa

See Part I for an introduction to the Arab World Competitiveness Report 2013. Just as the Gulf countries exhibit similar strengths and weaknesses, countries of the Levant and North Africa

Economics Latin America

Interview: Professor Marcelo Simon on Argentina’s Economic Future

A decade after Argentina’s historical financial collapse, foreign investors are returning to the once 5th wealthiest economy in the world. Lured by its resource abundant land, highly literate population and

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Sudan and South Sudan political tension to rise

For over four decades, intra-state conflict raged in the north east African state of Sudan. There were few intermissions from the violence until a long-awaited peace agreement was signed in

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Qatar Pursues Water and Food Security

The 2013 Arab Competitiveness Report produced by the World Economic Forum ranked Qatar as the most competitive Arab nation and the 11th most competitive country in the world. This listing

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

Japanese Investment Breaks South Sudan Oil Deadlock

Without oil, the only major source of revenue for South Sudan, the country would be essentially bankrupt. Fortunately, Japanese investment is changing that. Africa’s vast natural resource wealth offers obvious

Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

Central Asian pipelines inhibit prosperity

Pipelines density in Central Asia create concentrated economies thus allowing autocratic government greater control and longevity. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Central Asia experienced limited progress and relative

Asia Pacific Security

Energy demand pulls China into regional security disputes

Chinese energy projects in Myanmar may lead to increased Chinese involvement in mainland Asian political disputes—with all that entails. With the recent completion of a major oil pipeline from Myanmar