MENA & Central Asia

  • Game of Thrones: Qatar’s diplomatic crisis

    June 28, 2017

    On 4 June, multiple Middle East and North African countries broke off diplomatic ties with Qatar. A2 analyses the impact for businesses.

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  • IRAN: Rouhani’s re-election

    May 31, 2017

    On 19 May, Hassan Rouhani was re-elected president of Iran, a positive indicator for international business. However, A2 cautions that other institutions in Iran remain hostile to foreign businesses.

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  • Terrorism and Ramadan

    May 17, 2017

    Over the past few years, Islamist non-state armed groups (NSAG) have increased terrorist operations during Ramadan.

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  • Turkey: The New Sultan

    May 2, 2017

    The affirmative response to April’s constitutional referendum will have wide-ranging repercussions for Turkey, both domestically and externally.

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  • Riyadh’s Gambit: The efficacy of the Islamic Military Alliance

    April 25, 2017

    The appointment of a celebrated Pakistani general to a Saudi-led Islamic military alliance suggests the Saudis are serious about their claims to pan-Islamic leadership. The alliance’s utility at a military level, however, is questionable.




    On 15 December 2015, the Saudi Arabian defence minister announced the creation of the Islamic Military ...

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