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North America Politics

Obama’s last State of the Union big on legacy, not policy

In his eighth and final State of the Union address, President Obama did not shy away from touting his 7-year legacy. However, he ultimately called for broad bipartisan solutions to

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

Crude oil prices could detract from short-term security in Nigeria

 An economic slowdown due to a decrease in oil revenues in 2016 could contribute to a deteriorating security situation in Nigeria, causing investor apprehension to rise. This article examines the

Middle East/North Africa Security

Salafi Shake-Up: ISIS encroaching on the House of Saud

Friday night’s terrorist attacks in Paris moved up the timeline of this showdown between ISIS and the House of Saud, making it vital for the West, particularly the US, to

Middle East/North Africa Technology and infrastructure

4 ways Uber impacts civil society in the Middle East

Uber is helping communities address key social challenges left void by sclerotic government institutions. Earlier this month, Uber announced plans to invest $250 million to expand its operations in the

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Trade ministers join TPP negotiations. UN General assembly continues. US government faces another shutdown. US labor report influences rate hikes. Turkey hosts G20 meeting on energy. All in the Weekly Risk Outlook.  

Economics North America

Two Unknowns: The Fed’s Action, and the Market’s Reaction

The Fed’s Thursday policy decision is clouded by data that justifies both hawkish and dovish stances, leaving uncertainty over whether rates will rise this month. Either way, the response from

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

US FOMC meets to set interest rates. Brazil likely to raise interest rates again as economy tumbles. Mexico’s interest rate decision reflects thoughts on US Fed. Japan’s cabinet holds conference on economic development. The US

Economics Europe

Opinion: Greece has fallen. Can it stand tall once again?

With a referendum coming this week, Greeks will decide whether to accept a bailout package that will keep Greece solvent and in the Eurozone. What went wrong, and how can

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

India’s central bank considers interest rate cuts. Greece discusses another bailout with the IMF and EU. Bank of Japan governor delivers speech on Japanese monetary policy. Canada releases its May unemployment report. The U.S.

International Politics The Week Ahead

GRI’s Weekly Risk Outlook

Deadlines loom with Iran nuclear talks. China releases PMI data. U.S. prepares to release unemployment figures. Greece releases reform proposals. All in the Weekly Risk Outlook. Deadline for Iran nuclear