MENA & Central Asia

  • Turkey’s Failed Coup: One year on

    August 15, 2017

    Following the July 2016 coup attempt by a faction of the military, A2 made a number of predictions. The majority of these have borne out.

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  • The Desert’s Dangers

    August 8, 2017

    Egypt is North Africa’s largest economy. Despite this, there are multiple and severe security risks to international businesses operational in the country. A2 assesses the threats and advises mitigatory approaches below.

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  • The Hermit Kingdom Unravels: Subsidies and gas in Turkmenistan

    July 28, 2017

    Turkmenistan’s decision to end its subsidy system for utilities indicates the scale of the country’s economic crisis. A2 assesses that subsidy rollback, whilst a positive step at reducing the government’s deficit, has limited utility in this case, as it is not accompanied by any deeper structural changes to the domestic economy.

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  • To Seek a Throne: Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince

    July 11, 2017

    In June 2017, Mohammed bin Salman became crown prince of Saudi Arabia. A2 assesses that the new heir will have a positive domestic influence for foreign businesses, but will simultaneously increase regional instability.

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  • The Caliphate’s Afghan Shadow: the Islamic State in Afghanistan

    June 28, 2017

    As Islamic State escalates its Afghan operations, A2 analyses the threat it poses to Afghan infrastructure and the wider region.

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