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Middle East/North Africa Politics

Corruption still a major hurdle for Turkey

Recent manifestations of entrenched corruption in Turkey threaten to unsettle investor confidence. The outcome of the Turkish local elections on March 30 left many political observers somewhat uneasy about the prospects

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Israeli gas upsets Mediterranean energy dynamics

Israeli natural gas exports have the potential to reshape energy dynamics across the Mediterranean, helping Israel and its neighbors to diversify their energy access. Regional political risks, however, loom large

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Erdogan and AKP preserve power in local elections

Turkey’s recent mayoral polls were an unofficial referendum on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).The vote results proved that Erdogan has survived the

Europe Politics

Despite AKP win, twitter ban risks polarization in Turkey

The ruling Justice and Development Party’s strong win in local elections secured Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s power and political clout. However, with his recent Twitter ban, the premier risks

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Pipeline to Turkey intensifies dispute over Iraqi oil

Tension between the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraqi central government once again escalated as a new pipeline links oil fields in Northern Iraq directly to Turkey. Turkey has

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Turkey attempts to curtail judicial independence

Judicial reforms proposed in Turkey, though shelved for the moment, call into question Erdogan’s ability to emerge from the current political crisis with an intact democracy and rule of law.

Economics International

US taper puts pressure on emerging markets

The Federal Reserve’s decision in January to continue reducing the pace of asset purchases has put emerging markets in a bind. At the end of January, the Federal Reserve decided

Economics International

Why emerging markets are not collapsing

The recent rout of emerging markets prompt worries over a new emerging market crisis like those of the 1990s and early 2000s. While significant downside risks exist, differentiation is likely

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Gulen comments further threaten Turkish stability

Words from the influential preacher Fethullah Gulen from his recluse in a town in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania recently plunged the Turkish state into further political crisis. In a

Economics International

MINT: the new emerging market acronym

In 2001, Jim O’Neill coined the term “BRIC” (Brazil, Russia, India and China). As the BRICs may face economic slowdown questions arise over what emerging market group will replace them.