Oil Price Meltdown Heralds New Wave of Destabilization

Oil Price Meltdown Heralds New Wave of Destabilization

As the recent summit of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) suggests, the ceiling of oil production will not be lowered, despite great overcapacity. What we are witnessing is not just a cyclical shift, but a new secular tend that heralds the demise of the petrodollar era in the Middle East. Meltdown of […]

Syria’s Nightmare: Diverging US and Chinese Policies

Syria’s Nightmare: Diverging US and Chinese Policies

photo: flickr Syria’s nightmare is a regional conflict with global stakes. It exemplifies the eclipse of US efforts at regime changes, whereas Chinese policy holds the promise of economic development. But time is running out. As the pulsating beat overwhelmed the terrace of Cocos Prive, an exclusive nightclub and sushi bar in Chisinau, the capital […]

Future Of Iraq’s Oil Industry Under Threat

By Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com Iraq is one of the major reasons why OPEC has been able to increase oil production over the past year, even as oil prices have dropped to six-year lows. The war-torn country averaged 3.2 million barrels per day (mb/d) of production in 2014. But despite the onslaught from ISIS and the […]

Qatar in the Global Context – Past and Future Trends

Qatar in the Global Context – Past and Future Trends

photo by: Francisco Anzola Key takeaway – In a challenging global and regional context, Qatar is rising to prominence. The global economy is characterized by weak fundamentals, below-potential growth and low inflation. The regional outlook is hampered by political instability and declining oil prices. By leveraging its resources and location, Qatar is trying to make the […]

MENA Real Estate: A Positive Outlook, Despite Current Challenges

Key takeaway – In a challenging global and regional context, the MENA real estate sector is showing resilience and holds strong prospects. While the global economy is characterized by weak fundamentals, below-potential growth and low inflation, the regional outlook is hampered by political instability and declining oil prices. Yet, the MENA real estate sector, despite […]

Iran Nuclear Deal: There Is No Alternative

On April 3, President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to fill him in on the P5+1 deal with Iran. But the prime minister wasn’t buying. He told the President: “The deal based on this framework would threaten Israel’s survival (and would) legitimize Iran’s nuclear program, bolster Iran’s economy, and increase Iran’s aggression and terror […]

Baghdad’s Hold on Kurdistan Slips Further as Oil Exports Begin

By Nick Cunningham: In what could prove to be an historic turning point for Iraq, the government of Kurdistan – the semi-autonomous region in the country’s north – has delivered its first shipment of oil to the international market, in defiance of the central government in Baghdad. The move could mark the beginning of greater geopolitical and […]

Building the Future: Jobs, Growth, and Fairness in the Arab World

By Christine Lagarde: Returning from Amman, where we just wrapped up aconference on the future of the Arab countries in transition, I am truly energized by the optimistic spirit that I encountered. Following on the heels of my visit to Morocco, it was an extraordinary couple of days of better understanding the people and the challenges they confront in this […]

1 2 3 5