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Middle East/North Africa Politics

Can Ramadi be rebuilt?

The success of the elite Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service in driving ISIS out of Ramadi offers a lesson for success to those who want to rebuild this demolished city. Iraq

Economics Europe

Kosovo signs on the dotted line – now what?

Kosovo gets closer to EU integration by signing the landmark Stabilisation and Association Agreement, but what does that mean for regional relations and the overall health of the Kosovan economy?

Economics South and Central Asia

Religious freedom under threat in Vietnam

This month, Vietnam’s National Assembly will debate the Law on Belief and Religion. Religious leaders have voiced their concerns that this law will restrict religious freedom. Vietnam must tackle human

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

The Grand Inga Dam: Solution to Africa’s “energy apartheid?”

A look at one of the most ambitious megaprojects in the modern era which could unlock Africa’s potential and uplift millions out of energy poverty.  Megaprojects in emerging markets have

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Cairo’s ‘Zabaleen’ garbage collectors: Egypt’s diamond in the rough

Despite being sidelined for a decade, Cairo’s ‘Zabaleen’ garbage collectors have cultivated one of the world’s greenest waste-management systems – a rare entrepreneurial success story in Egypt.  The Zabaleen, a

Asia Pacific Economics

Can the Philippines catch up with its neighbours?

Despite structural, governmental, and financial reforms, the Philippines is struggling to catch up with its neighbours. Will the country be able to achieve President Aquino’s dream of making the Philippines a top

International Sub-Saharan Africa

A fresh start for Guinea-Bissau?

Notorious for its chronic instability, Guinea-Bissau didn’t have the best reputation in the past. However, in 2014, Guinea-Bissau had peaceful and credible elections and the country went back to constitutional

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo: The next emerging economy?

With positive macroeconomic indicators, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is aspiring to be an emerging country by 2030. To achieve this goal, the country appears to be more willing

Asia Pacific Finance

China: Lender of first (and last) resort

Contemporary political analysis, though firmly focused on the yet to be created AIIB, should be equally as focused on the poorly covered Chinese bilateral lending relationships that already exist. China’s

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

With Ebola epidemic and political instability, Guinea faces an economic disaster

Violent anti-government protests occurred last week in Conakry over insecurity and the electoral timetable. With rising political instability and the Ebola epidemic yet to be contained, Guinea is facing an