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Economics Middle East/North Africa

Qatar invests for political influence

With this outstanding economic performance, Qatar has decided to use its petroleum-generated resources and wealth to diversify its economy by investing abroad, both financially and politically. In a world filled

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

The Baghdad-Erbil-Ankara Triangle

Baghdad faces challenges from the Kurdish autonomous region, as development of western oil reserves relies on good relations with Erbil, as well as Ankara. Few can deny the tremendous developmental

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

The Dragon looks North: China’s emerging Arctic policy

The future potential of an Arctic shipping corridor has caught China’s attention, as Beijing increases its involvement in the region. The Mandarin translation for the word ‘crisis’ is ‘危机’ (wei

Economics Latin America

Ecuador continues to roar

Nicknamed ‘the jaguar of Latin America’, Ecuador continues to live up to its worthy title despite global economic slowdown that has affected much of its neighbouring states over the past

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Oman’s future: What goes up must come down

Oman’s success over the last half century is at risk of slowing down in the coming years. Having made a name for itself as a stable and successful Middle Eastern

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Iraq ten years on: full of potential yet politically unstable

Ten years after the U.S invasion Iraq continues to soldier on. The country has significant potential, yet remains politically unstable. It has been ten years since the U.S. invasion of