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Economics Middle East/North Africa

Lebanon suffers from Saudi-Iranian rivalry

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are palpable: the use of Lebanon for proxy power plays has some serious repercussions particularly in relation to Saudi-aligned Gulf States. Lebanon boasts an

North America Politics

Cuba’s economic potential: Beyond hype and wariness

On March 20th, President Barack Obama achieved yet another diplomatic milestone by becoming the first U.S. leader to visit Cuba in 88 years. Obama’s visit has so far been the

Latin America Politics

Cuba – A blast from the past for tourists

Walking around Cuban cities gives a sense what street scenes from the 1950’s may have been like with ubiquitous vintage cars, a generally low level of motorization,  few neon signs

Asia Pacific Economics

Is China really in decline? Unpacking China’s economic figures

Recent events have raised an alarm that China might be going into a decline. However, when you unpack the data, the signs become more reassuring for the Chinese economy. 2015

Asia Pacific Economics

Bright spots remain despite Japan’s economic troubles

Global economic volatility is hampering Japan’s efforts to address structural weaknesses, resulting in a dual assault on Tokyo’s attempts to boost economic growth. Yet despite these trends, it is not

Asia Pacific Security

Jakarta blasts signal new form of terrorist attacks in Indonesia

The recent bomb and gun attacks aimed at foreigners in Jakarta, Indonesia marks a first ISIS attack in the region, and signals that a new form of terrorist activities might

Middle East/North Africa Security

What the Istanbul bombing means for Turkey’s security and economic climate

While business won’t be heavily impacted for now, this week’s suicide attack in Istanbul’s tourism quarter reveals a complex terror threat. On January 12th, a single suicide bomber detonated his

Europe Security

Brussels approves France’s revised, post-attack deficit

What are the impacts of France’s security pact announced in the wake of the Paris attacks? Does it mark a readjustment between political imperatives and EU budgetary discipline? France to

International Security

What is the economic cost of terrorism?

Terrorist attacks have the potential to gravely impact economic markets. The attacks in Paris and the downing of the Russian jet in Egypt raise questions as to how markets respond

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Three reasons behind Algeria’s stagnant tourism industry

Despite the Algerian government’s claim to make the tourism sector a priority, the country’s tourism industry is still almost inexistent. According to the Travel and Tourism Council, in 2015 Algeria