As Saudi appetite for amphetamines grows, so do the coffers of terrorist groups and organised crime syndicates in Syria and Lebanon. The illicit trade in captagon, however, also has implications for foreign investors.
The promise of a new capital city 45 km East of Cairo has so far garnered negative headlines, namely for its failure to finalise contracts. Where Gulf and Chinese interest has faltered, the cards suggest the only winner to be domestic patronage.
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Given the importance of energy sector dynamics in the Middle East, understanding Iran’s energy sector proclivities – including its political exposure, and who wields influence - is critical for foreign investors.
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.
As President Sisi seeks to further consolidate his anti-Islamist discourse in the build-up to next year’s election , institutional tension may be on the rise between Egypt’s religious and political blocs. But to what end and to who’s gain?
The U.S. President faces a conflict of interest scenario with regards his business interests. The extent to which his political integrity could be compromised can be viewed through his relationship to countries on his sanctions list.
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General Khalifa has gained an increasingly important role in Libya’s post-Uprising transition. Ambitious and uncompromising, his growing international support is raising questions for future scenarios to stabilise Libya.
With elections in 3 months, Iran’s Executive and judiciary are at loggerheads over social reform and the rule of law. While the judiciary remains accountable only to the Supreme Leader, there will be little room for change.
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.