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Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)

ISIL in Iraq Series: What is in it for Iran?

ISIL’s recent territorial gains pose a significant threat to the security and stability of Iraq and its neighbors. For Iran, however, ISIL threatens to topple its most significant regional trading partner and economic lifeline. This article is part of a GRI series on ISIL, Iraq, and the Middle East. The vast territorial gains made by ISIL in […]

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4 challenges facing Egypt’s new president Sisi

Egypt’s newly elected President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, inherits a nation embattled by years of turmoil and instability. A bleak economic situation and continued crackdown on opposition and militant attacks are likely to define his time in office. Following Mubarak, Morsi, and military rule, the Republic of Egypt has once again redefined its political landscape with […]

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E-commerce businesses look to Middle East

The Middle East is reaching the internet in greater numbers every day, and there are high hopes that the region can become the next great e-commerce hub. The market remains entrenched in social and structural norms, however, and has proven difficult to penetrate. The future of the internet in the Middle East is no longer […]

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US Decline Series: 3 cities prove US isn’t losing its edge

The age-old debate over the United States in decline deserves a look at the continued strength and rise of US cities. Here we look at three cities that deny the popular argument. Since the end of World War II, shifts in economic power and global politics have caused the world to brace for the inevitable […]

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After IMF inequality report, what’s next for US tax policy?

The IMF has joined in on the income inequality debate, arguing that rising inequality is depressing economic growth and fueling political instability. Although the issue remains polarizing in the United States, there is some evidence of a shift towards bipartisan consensus. From protests on Wall Street to uprisings in Nigeria, the fierce debate over income […]

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Israeli natural gas may reshape Mediterranean energy dynamics

Israeli natural gas exports have the potential to reshape energy dynamics across the Mediterranean, helping Israel and its neighbors to diversify their energy access. Regional political risks, however, loom large over export deals and further exploration. Five thousand feet beneath the surface of the East Mediterranean Sea lies the Leviathan gas field, the largest discovered […]

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Indonesia energy

Part III of IV: Why Indonesia needs further energy subsidy reform

The Indonesian government has been hesitant to cut subsidies out of fear of public unrest and political backlash. As domestic energy demand continues its historic growth, however, the economic cost of subsidies may become too great to bear. The fourth most populous country in the world, Indonesia has long been a haven for steady economic […]

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Despite AKP win, twitter ban risks polarization in Turkey

The ruling Justice and Development Party’s strong win in local elections secured Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s power and political clout. However, with his recent Twitter ban, the premier risks fueling greater polarization, which could have negative long-term economic repercussions. Riled in recent months by allegations of political and financial corruption against the premier and […]

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Part II of IV: Why economics, not politics, should steer energy subsidies

The first part in this series examined why energy subsidies still widely exist, despite a growing consensus arguing for their removal. This section will look at their economic cost and why emerging economies attempting to reform subsidies in a credible way could prove to be a smart long-term investment. Energy subsidies have proven economically inefficient, […]

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India balances energy relationship with the Middle East

As India’s demand for energy and investment continues to increase, the Republic must strike a careful balance in its relationships with its many Middle Eastern trading partners. With over 1.2 billion people and the largest rural-urban migration rate in the world, India has seen historic growth as both an economic powerhouse and an influential voice […]

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