Historically, Syria has represented a safe space for armed groups that follow the regime’s line with regards to domestic and international policies. These groups are somewhat of a double-edged sword that have spread terrorism and instability in the region, to the detriment of even the Syrian regime.
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The recent political appointments in Saudi Arabia cap a period of over two years defined by change. King Salman will go down in history as ‘the reformer’ due to the volume, and audacity, of the political reshuffling he has overseen – ostensibly to force through political and economic change befitting of Saudi Arabia in the 21st century.
Sitting at the intersection of arguably the world’s busiest sea route, Egypt’s maritime sector is a flow with investment possibilities. However, opportunities must not be considered without first understanding the lay of the land. Given that the maritime sector in particular is notoriously opaque in most EMEA markets, the need to understand its governance model in Egypt is paramount.
The Mayor of Tehran is an influential position in Iranian politics; but it is a seat that has been held by the conservatives for decades. This may change with the rise of moderate Mohsen Rafsanjani, but will he give up his council seat to take the risk?
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In a jurisdiction where transparency is largely absent, Egypt’s military is perhaps the biggest beneficiary of opaque dealings. In fact, the military’s private-sector interests muddy Egypt’s investment waters to such an extent that it is thought to have a hand in almost every economic sector. The lay of the land is thus intertwined with the armed forces’ business exploits.
Subdued and on the peripheries of society, the financial interests of the Muslim Brotherhood’s elite figures should not be glossed over. It is no exaggeration that President Sisi is targeting, financial or otherwise, the organisation’s most influential commercial and political personnel. While the regime goes about its business of co-opting or repressing these individuals, investors would do well to err on the side of caution when exploring opportunities with MB-affiliated entities.
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With emergency law a potential disincentive to #investment in Egypt, this analysis considers why President Sisi has triggered it – ostensibly to the detriment of foreign investment and political stability
With Aramco set to be the biggest company by market cap, global political elites are pushing to land its listing. Who amongst New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore are feasibly in the frame?
He may only have just passed the 100-day mark, but Trump’s foreign policy continue to be scrutinised. None more so than the U.S. stance towards Iran. This is having a direct impact on Iran’s foreign investment environment, and the expectations of Iran’s private sector.
King Salman’s one month tour of Asia produced several bilateral agreements of note between Saudi and China, particularly in the energy sector. However, the intentions of these may be more-deep rooted.
The development of Erbil’s energy sector is undermined by complex political tensions, and operating in Kurdistan is laced with nuances and hidden risks. International investors who navigate political forces in Iraq and Kurdistan, however, can tilt the risk – reward ratio in their favour.
Throughout recent history, Qatar and Russia have been the most unlikely of allies but time (and money) heals all wounds. This analysis considers Qatar-Russia bilateral relations.