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Dubai shopping retail mall

Local retailers have edge in frontier markets

Growing retail markets in Africa and parts of the Middle East carry vast potential for retailers, if they can manage to break into them. In much of the developing world, demand for high-quality, typically western, consumer products has increased. In many African and Middle Eastern cities, malls that sell designer brands are thriving. But international […]

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Middle East ICT

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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fiber optic cable middle east

Broadband faces long last mile in Middle East and Africa

Big infrastructure projects are already in place to improve much of the Middle East and Africa’s expensive and slow Internet. For many countries, however, many issues lie ahead. Over the last five years, there has been a spate of new international subsea fiber-optic cable networks linking African and Middle Eastern coastal countries to the global […]

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Final agreement with Iran would boost trade but hurt Chinese interests

With the introduction of a comprehensive agreement and the thawing of U.S-Iranian relations, a new era of regional dynamics will be ushered in. Some of these dynamics could adversely impact Chinese national interests in the Persian Gulf and beyond. Changing regional dynamics China has much to gain should P5+1 negotiations succeed. Sourcing upwards of 50% […]

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Iran petroleum

Western energy companies to re-enter Iran’s oil and gas sector

The interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme with the international community began on January 20, and Iran has  taken steps to attract foreign investments in its neglected oil and gas sector. Iran is planning to increase its oil production by an additional 1 million barrels per day (mb/d) in 2014, provided that negotiations result in […]

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crude oil

Oil glut could pose risk for U.S. shale oil revolution

With oil production reaching a historic peak, the U.S. may have to reconsider its 40-year-old ban on oil exports. The year 2014 could pose a milestone for the U.S. oil industry. In its latest annual World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency predicted that the U.S. would become the world’s largest producer of oil by […]

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Compliance between Western and Islamic banks is a two-way street

With the Islamic financial sector growing rapidly in recent years, Western banks and their Islamic counterparts must make legal and regulatory compliance a top priority. As transnational trade realizes the benefits of an improving global economy and an unprecedented World Trade Organization deal, banks in Western and Islamic nations are looking to diversify their portfolios […]

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Kurdish pipeline

Why Kurdish Peace Process Matters for Turkey’s Energy Security

Recent political developments in Iraq and Syria raise the stakes of Turkey’s domestic Kurdish peace process. Soon, Turkey will come to discover that its neighbors to the south and the southeast are under Kurdish authority more so than Iraqi or Syrian. The fate of the Kurdish peace process will influence how Ankara interacts with the […]

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Syria agriculture

Syria’s Civil War Has Environmental Origins

In the middle of a bloody conflict, chemical weapons use and threats of Western intervention it is easy to forget that two years ago, as the Arab Spring swept through North Africa and the Middle East, Syria was considered by international security analysts to be a country unsusceptible to  the threat of internal unrest. By […]

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Will a Moderate Iran Ease Regional Tensions?

A recent Global Risk Insights post discussed an apparent softening of rhetoric on the part of Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, and foreign minister, Javad Zarif. Whether or not that apparent softening translates into meaningful policy changes remains to be seen and may, in fact, be unlikely. But supposing that this new wave of leadership has […]

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