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Tunisia’s Economic Environment

Since the 2011 Jasmin Revolution, Tunisia’s economy has had to deal with a host of problems arising from political divisions, intermittent terror attacks, and strikes led by unions. These factors have badly affected economic growth and Tunisia’s fiscal deficit. In … Continue reading

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Egypt’s Economic Outlook

  The Egyptian Economic Outlook   In the immediate aftermath of Egypt’s 2011 Arab Spring revolution, the ensuing climate of uncertainty and instability in Egypt paved the way for a challenging macro-economic climate characterized by diminishing foreign direct investment, plummeting … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Elections

Turkish Elections   Turks went to the polls on June 24th to vote for a president and a new parliament. These polls were the first ones after the country transitioned into a presidential system through a referendum held in 2017. … Continue reading

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Recap on Iraq’s Election

  In May 2018, Iraq held its parliamentary elections to elect the 329 members of the Council of Representatives, which is tasked with electing the Iraqi President and Prime Minister. With a turnout rate of only 44.52%, which is the … Continue reading

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Iran: JCPOA Fallout Continued

  After aggressively criticizing the Iran Deal (JCPOA), Trump announced on May 8th America’s withdrawal from it. The JCPOA had been signed in Vienna in 2015 between Tehran and the (5+1). Trump based his justification for his withdrawal on Iran’s … Continue reading

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Iran’s JCPOA woes might be Good for Iraq

“Iran barra barra, Baghdad Hurra Hurra” (Iran out out, Baghdad is Free Free) are the chants heard around Baghdad during and after the recent election. Despite the low 44% -out of 24 million eligible- election turnout, the results speak of … Continue reading

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Recap on Turkey’s Mil. Operation in Syria

Operation Olive Branch: Background: Turkey’s military presence in Northern Syria started in August 2016 during the Syrian Civil War and has thus far consisted of two major operations. The first one, Operation Euphrates Shield (Fırat Kalkanı Harekâtı in Turkish), carried … Continue reading

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Update on Iran’s Economy

After experiencing acute economic hardship following a comprehensive set of sanctions imposed against its nuclear program in 2011, Iran’s economy started recovering with the arrival of the moderate president Hassan Rouhani to power in 2013. Yet, this recovery has been … Continue reading

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Latest Updates on the Situation in Libya

As the Arab Uprisings spread to Libya, they put an end to more than 4-decades long reign of Kaddafi in 2011. Yet, since Kaddafi was toppled, the country has been beset by turmoil and civil war, which has also taken … Continue reading

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China’s Relations with Gulf States

  China’s diplomatic relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states started with Kuwait in 1971 and continued with Oman (1978), UAE (1984), Qatar (1988), Bahrain (1989), Saudi Arabia (1990). 2004 was a watershed for Sino-Arab relations as China made … Continue reading

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