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Economics Middle East/North Africa

Hope ahead for Baghdad’s future

From the 1950s to the 1970s, Baghdad was on the path towards modernization and prosperity. The decades of conflict that followed left the once vibrant city in stagnation. However, things

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Will ‘Economic Cities’ bring diversity to Saudi Arabia?

The Saudi government hopes new special economic zones can spur foreign investment and lessen the Kingdom’s reliance on oil. Regulatory reforms are needed, however, to convince foreign firms that Saudi

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

EDA: Sudan’s economy balances on Chinese investment

EXTERNAL DEPENDENCIES ANALYSIS: Sudan’s economy lies in the hands of its Chinese trading partners, who have invested billions of dollars in the East African nation’s oil industry. As the conflict in

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

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Gulf carriers gain power over European and US airlines

Gulf carriers have taken the world travel market by storm, adding new destinations and buying up stakes in foreign competitors. Their rapid expansion poses a unique threat to European and

International Politics

E-commerce businesses look to Middle East

The Middle East is reaching the internet in greater numbers every day, and there are high hopes that the region can become the next great e-commerce hub. The market remains

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

India balances energy relationship with the Middle East

As India’s demand for energy and investment continues to increase, the Republic must strike a careful balance in its relationships with its many Middle Eastern trading partners. With over 1.2

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Iran’s return prompts change to Saudi Arabia’s energy strategy

The Iranian nuclear deal poses a major threat to Saudi Arabia’s influence over both the GCC and OPEC, as Gulf nations reestablish relations with Iran. As a result, Saudi has

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Relations between Iran and UAE begin to improve

The interim deal with Iran could prove an economic boon to the UAE. Close trade relations plus the growing congruence of diplomatic opinion between the U.S., the UAE’s most important

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Sustainability fears drive water pipeline in the Gulf

Representatives from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states met recently in Kuwait to discuss the construction of a new pipeline in the region. At a projected cost of $10.5 billion for