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With Aramco IPO, Riyadh Doubles Down on Economic Diversification

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But geopolitics could get in the way of MBS’ reform program for the Saudi economy.

US and Australia Move to Break China’s Monopoly, Secure Access to Rare Earth Minerals

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Rare earth minerals are becoming a consistent theme in US diplomacy and trade policy.

Saudi Arabia Oil Attack a Geopolitical Game-changer in the Middle East

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Riyadh’s evident vulnerability will lead to a search for new regional allies, and Israel is a surprising possible candidate.

The US Federal Reserve Steps into the Spotlight

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With an expected rate cut and a rare liquidity intervention, the US Federal Reserve has been moving markets this week.

Draghi’s Parting Gift: ECB Turns the Stimulus Taps Back On

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Monetary stimulus has returned to Europe, and President Trump isn’t happy about it.

Privatization: A Panacea for the South Africa Economy?

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Privatization is often cited as a cure-all for South Africa’s lumbering state-owned sector. But any progress will be slow given the entrenched interests involved.

China Prepares to Launch Its Own Digital Currency

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Beijing is warming to the use of cryptocurrencies – but only on its own terms.

The Cyprus Issue and Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean

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New natural gas discoveries have left a divided Cyprus in the middle of a worsening geopolitical storm in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Senegal Surfs Offshore Winds to Power West Africa

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By developing renewable energy sources in a transparent manner, Senegal is positioning itself as an energy leader in West Africa.

Glacier Watch: Indus Basin

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Pakistan’s water issues will go from bad to worse after glaciers in the Indus Basin pass the peak water mark later this century.

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