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Middle East/North Africa Politics

Women rise up in the Middle East

As the world focuses on the region’s violent geopolitical struggles, a quiet revolution is taking place. The women of the Middle East are making remarkable gains in politics and businesses.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

What does the Iran nuclear deal mean for the GCC?

The recently struck Iranian nuclear deal poses tough questions and considerations for members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, who will work to preserve their influence in the Gulf and broader Middle

Middle East/North Africa Politics

What lies ahead for the Palestinian Authority?

The Palestinian Authority is facing a leadership crisis. Is Mohammed Dahlan positioned to become the next leader of the Palestinians? The issue of leadership succession in the Middle East is

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