Much has changed in Iran since the 2013 elections and the outcome of elections on the 19th of May 2017 will empower iran’s leadership for the foreseeable future. The two leading candidates stand for opposed strategies - depending on who wins will define whether Iran continues to open itself to the world, or whether it turns back time.
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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
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Investors should look behind the nationalist rhetoric of Iran’s economic policies, with several indications that Iran is set to be highly receptive to foreign investment. Understanding the context of Iran’s Five Year Development Plan will reveal where avenues of untapped profitability lie.
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Developments in Turkey and Lebanon could impact on the illicit narcotics routes that go to Western Europe. In both cases, the weakening of the security state apparatus will contribute to the expansion of the illicit economic interests of drug trafficking networks.
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.
Dubai’s secretive economy is susceptible to money laundering, drug trafficking, and terrorist financing. Opportunities that existed for smugglers in the 19th and 20th century simply grew as the UAE set itself up to prosper.
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Political stability in the U.A.E. is often tied to foreign and domestic forces. This report focuses on the origins and nature of external influence over the UAE by considering the countries, actors, and broader forces that influence Emirati decision-making.
A favourable investment climate in Saudi Arabia depends as much on combating corruption and opacity as it does on macroeconomic restructuring. Progress in this regard should be monitored by investors who have a watchful eye on the Kingdom’s investment potential, especially as it seeks to bolster sources of FDI in the short-to-medium term.
As a new group of elite decision makers consolidate in the U.S., a number of options are available to Egypt – including stronger partnerships with Israel.
Heading into 2017 with an understanding of the key country proclivities in Egypt will help investors navigate an opaque and uncertain environment.
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