Economy

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.

IMF Report Sounds Alarm over Trade Wars, Global Growth

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The IMF’s latest global economic outlook picks up where it left off in April by further reducing growth projections for 2019 and 2020.

Kazakhstan: Tokayev Shows His Hand on Domestic, Foreign Policy

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A series of speeches have revealed the policy priorities of the new Tokayev administration in Kazakhstan.

Moldova-European Union Relations: Has the Eastern Partnership helped Moldovans?

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After a rocky start, the Eastern Partnership between the EU and Moldova is bearing fruit.

Existential Narratives in the Early Years of Modern Pakistan

Sh. Rajiv Gandhi with Mr. Muhammad Zia-Ul-Haq, President of Pakistan, cc Flickr Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

From its birth, the state of Pakistan has always been a work in process.

AfCFTA: Potential Problems for a Single-Market Africa

KENYA, Mombasa: Photograph taken by the Kenyan Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism (MEAACT) 31 July shows a general view of Mombasa Port on Kenya's Indian Ocean coast. MANDATORY CREDIT: MEAACT PHOTO / STUART PRICE., modified, Flickr, MEAACT Kenya, public domain

Signing the landmark agreement was a relatively simple exercise; the true test is yet to come.

North Korea and US Diplomacy: Toward a New Paradigm

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With both sides advancing radically different expectations, a breakthrough will remain elusive over the short-term.

Europe Failing to Save JCPOA as Tensions Boil over in Middle East

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Is Europe is warming to ‘maximum pressure’?

Deja Vu: Boris Johnson’s Brexit Hinges on Irish Border Issue

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With the Brexit deadline looming, the British Prime Minister now turns to a problem that has caused strife for generations.

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

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, cc Flickr Gage Skidmore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

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

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