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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The oil sector has long provided revenues to the Kurdish coffers in Iraqi Kurdistan, but this now comes at a cost. This week Shadow Governance will release a report detailing the KRG’s energy sector – its power players, and key operational obstacles, including commercial political exposure, legal ambiguities, political infighting, and security concerns.
Both moderate and reformist supporters voted en masse in Iran’s Presidential elections. Turnout reached 70%, with Rouhani convincingly winning a second mandate. Rouhani faces an uphill battle against unelected conservative institutions if he is to continue to open Iran to the world – most pressing for foreign business interests will be how successful he is in bringing banking reforms.
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.
Instability in Syria and Iraq, plus the deterioration of security in Turkey, are facilitating the illicit antiquities trade. With a global valuation of approximately U.S. $3 billion, the potential financial rewards on offer to criminal groups mean the trade remains an area of pressing concern.
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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.
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.
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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.
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Iran is fast becoming an attractive investment location, but its susceptibility to illicit financial practices remains a pernicious thorn in the side of foreign investors. Money laundering, terrorist financing and politically exposed persons are issues that still merit attention.