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Middle East & North Africa

Political Risk Analysis and Consulting Firm

Our fact based analysis and expertise in the region will illuminate the optimal action plan.



Expand your business, complete the mission with actionable foresight, and manage political risk with the right strategy.


Political and Geopolitical Risk

Understanding Political Risk in the target country, and in MENA at large, is an essential part of a successful business strategy and of sound policy.


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iStrategic International

Identifying crucial political, security and socio-economic risks require culturally sensitive eyes, connections and regional intelligence trained to translate signs into actionable insight, and insight to opportunity. We contend that having a proactive strategy is indispensable for today’s American and international corporations, business ventures, government agencies and investment missions in the MENA region.

iStrategic is a political risk analysis and consulting firm providing specialized guidance on Middle East and North Africa affairs to the private sector and U.S. government.

Services We Offer


Political Risk Analysis

Political Risk Analysis for states in MENA provides a structured and specialized framework in which various region-specific risk criteria are weighted to reflect the impact on investment and business profitability.

Business Intelligence

We provide Business Intelligence to U.S. companies planning to expand their business operations in Middle East or North African countries.

Executive Outlook

Uniquely tailored series of seminars and presentations focusing exclusively on strategic investment and business opportunities in MENA

Cultural Training

If you are willing to expand your business venture, and invest in foreign markets, especially in MENA region, you need to take a serious approach towards intercultural competence.

Country Analysis

iStrategic's country analysis reports and consultations go beyond a conventional in-depth country profile.


At iStrategic We Believe

Traditional approaches to political risk and country analysis in MENA have under-served corporations and investment firms seeking to expand into the Middle East and North African market (MENA). Approaches that work for the Latin American market or East Asian markets for example won’t be suitable for the MENA market. The MENA region suffers from structural instabilities and disruptive political risks, but is also ripe with profitable opportunities. American and European businesses interested in the MENA market need to increase their political adaptive capabilities and can not afford to overlook political risks.  Understanding the political risks a company might face in the region will help it plan ahead and increase its capabilities to mitigate possible operational threats, and optimize the desired outcome. A successful business operation in the region needs to account for political and geopolitical risks, and prepare a proactive political risk management strategy.

At iStrategic We Deliver

As a political risk analysis and consulting firm exclusively focused on MENA, we deliver risk analysis and actionable insights based on facts and sound interpretation of data and intelligence. We offer our clients an insider’s perspective because we are proficient in an exclusive MENA tailored political risk analysis approach. Whether through one on one consultation, briefings, detailed reports or monthly executive summaries, we ensure our clients have a clear and up to date understanding of the current and future political risks in the region or specific MENA country.  We are proficient in various local languages: Arabic, Turkish, Farsi and Hebrew. We are connected to trusted in-country associates, and we provide the highest standard in rigorous risk research at the macro and micro/industry level. Discussing risk management strategies position our clients to extract the maximum value from our consultations, briefings and political risk analysis reports.

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January 16, 2018

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January 16, 2018

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February 26, 2018

Iran’s Unrest

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March 1, 2018

Egypt Israel Gas Deal

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March 9, 2018

Russia-Turkey Gas and Defense Agreements

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March 15, 2018

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March 24, 2018

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April 10, 2018

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April 19, 2018

Update on Iran’s Economy

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May 8, 2018

Recap on Turkey’s Mil. Operation in Syria

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May 15, 2018

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June 13, 2018

Iran: JCPOA Fallout Continued

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June 26, 2018

Recap on Iraq’s Election

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July 2, 2018

Turkey’s Elections

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July 22, 2018

Egypt’s Economic Outlook

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August 1, 2018

Tunisia’s Economic Environment

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August 19, 2018

Unrest In Morocco

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September 1, 2018

Turkey’s Parties & Military

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September 14, 2018

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October 15, 2018

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November 2, 2018

China and the GCC

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November 13, 2018

Oman and Israel

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