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  • The US-Iran conflict:  No sign of a way out 19 July 2019 - Iran’s limited use of violence in the Gulf has caused US President Donald Trump to adopt a more cautious posture towards Tehran. However, conflict is likely to erupt again as long as the economic sanctions remain in place. Iran has… »
  • Morocco holds pole position among MENA car makers 16 July 2019 - The start-up in June of a large new car plant by France’s PSA Group in Kenitra, north of Rabat, has underlined Morocco’s unique position in the MENA region as the dominant automotive producer and exporter. Its success contrasts with the… »
  • Russia’s role in the Middle East: A stabilizing force? 12 July 2019 - Russia has successfully leveraged its influence in Syria to become an important, if not central, power broker in the Middle East. Nowhere was that more visible than in the meeting between the Israeli, US and Russian national security advisors in… »
  • Saudi Aramco: Strategic success means more than meeting corporate goals 9 July 2019 - A lot more is at stake in the restructuring of Saudi Aramco than just its corporate strategic success. The future viability of the state of Saudi Arabia depends on the national oil company (NOC) cultivating a vibrant industrial sector. At… »
  • UAE & Saudi Arabia: Economic diversification through SMART tech 5 July 2019 - Saudi Arabia and the UAE are focusing on using advanced technology to foster economic growth as part of their broader development plans. The success of these initiatives will depend heavily on their ability to attract foreign investment. The UAE stands… »
  • Morocco: Identifying industry bright spots 2 July 2019 - Morocco will be a bright spot for investment in the MENA region over the next five years. Opportunities will be underpinned by solid underlying economic growth and a competitive business environment. Three particularly promising areas are export-orientated manufacturing, renewable energy… »

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The US-Iran conflict:  No sign of a way out

The US-Iran conflict:  No sign of a way out

Iran’s limited use of violence in the Gulf has caused US President Donald Trump to adopt a more cautious posture towards Tehran. However, conflict is likely to erupt again as long as the economic sanctions remain in place. Iran has begun violating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the aim of pressuring the international community to break the blockade and may even be willing to risk a “limited” conflict. In the US, while the prospect of elections in 2020 is likely prevent the Trump administration from hardening its stance in the short run, if it wins a second term and Iran continues its provocations, the anti-Iran hawks in the Cabinet will have maximum flexibility to make the case for military action.

Morocco holds pole position among MENA car makers

Morocco holds pole position among MENA car makers

The start-up in June of a large new car plant by France’s PSA Group in Kenitra, north of Rabat, has underlined Morocco’s unique position in the MENA region as the dominant automotive producer and exporter. Its success contrasts with the struggles other countries in the region are facing in developing their car industries. Iran’s efforts, in which PSA has also been involved, have been hobbled by sanctions; Egypt’s auto sector is fragmented, and focused on the domestic market; and Saudi Arabia’s aspirations recently received a setback with the breakdown of talks with Toyota about setting up manufacturing operations in the kingdom.

Russia’s role in the Middle East: A stabilizing force?

Russia’s role in the Middle East: A stabilizing force?

Russia has successfully leveraged its influence in Syria to become an important, if not central, power broker in the Middle East. Nowhere was that more visible than in the meeting between the Israeli, US and Russian national security advisors in Jerusalem at the end of June 2019. While nothing concrete emerged from the talks, it was clear from the security chiefs’ statements that all three countries are setting the stage to stabilize the region, drawing a line under the tectonic shifts that have transformed the Middle East in the last decade.

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Iran Economic Series

5 Reports each looking at key economic issues in Iran: Inflation, Banking, Corruption, Trade, Budgeting.

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3 Reports looking into political and economic relations between Malaysia and GCC countries.

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