August 17, 2017

Is Pakistan’s Economy Out of the Woods?

Gwadar Port will play critical role in transformation of Pakistan's most least developed region and will play a central role in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. (Photo by Moign Khawaja, Creative Commons License)

The economic picture in Pakistan is not as bright as the government claims, but nor is it as dark as the critics suggest. Economic performance was mixed in 2015 and will in all likelihood remain mixed in 2016. The Pakistan economy is not in crisis, but it is not yet out of the woods. Read More »

How Far Can the Syrian Conflict Spiral Out of Control: Interview With Pelicourt

A taxi drives past Syrian soldiers manning a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Karama area in the Bab Amro neighborhood of Homs on May 2, 2012. (File photo by FreedomHouse)

Is the dangerously unspoken theory that ISIS is a bulwark against Iran what's keeping the West from tackling the Islamic State wholeheartedly on its territory? With no nation that can control it, the threat is now out of control and a war of ambiguous targets is emerging. Read More »

Strippers Suffering From Low Oil Prices

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As oil producers confront below $50 a barrel prices for a prolonged period, some will finally start to significantly curtail or even shut down operations. And that is going to severely hurt an all but invisible group; strippers in the United States. Read More »

ISIS, Turkey and Oil – The Bigger Picture: Interview With Pelicourt

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Turkey's game of playing all sides in the balance of power game is difficult to sustain. The downing by Turkey of a Russian jet conducting air strikes over northern Syria is just the first move in the new phase of this game, and analysts should probably start looking at ISIS oil sales to Turkey in their examinations of why Turkey downed a Russian jet at a time when the Russians were specifically targeting ISIS-controlled oil facilities and tankers. Read More »

Time to Transform the Eastern Mediterranean

The genuine prospect of Cypriot reunification could serve as a political pivot to the EU. Pictured: Northern Cyprus. (Photo by greenacre8, Creative Commons License)

The massive resources available in the Eastern Mediterranean offer the prospect of employment and stability. The pursuit of common interests could unlock enormous untapped potential in the region. Read More »

Why Europe Will Let Member States Opt out of GM Crops

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Why are half of European Union members opting out of GMO crops? Hint: it's not about food and environmental safety. Read More »

Oil Jobs Lost: Texas Likely to See Massive Layoffs Soon

Texas is one of the hardest-hit states where oil industry lost more than 56,000 jobs. (Photo by Robert Couse-Baker, Creative Commons License)

Oil and gas companies have laid off more than 250,000 workers around the world, a tally that will rise if oil prices remain in the dumps. Read More »

Facing up to the Long-term Fiscal Challenges

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The great recession left nearly all advanced economies with substantially higher debt-to-GDP ratios and in many cases with lingering economic weakness that further complicates short-term efforts at fiscal consolidation. But the longer-term challenges the Western economies face are in many cases related to the future fiscal challenge of growing primary deficits. Read More »

Saudis Planning a War of Attrition with Russia’s Oil Industry

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Saudi Arabia could be playing a longer game, intensifying its market share strategy by encroaching on Russia's traditional market in Europe. An increase in Saudi oil flowing to Europe threatens to undermine Russia's principle market. Read More »

Political Climate Shifting Against the Oil and Gas Industry

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The political and financial winds are moving in the wrong direction for the oil and gas industry, raising more "above ground" problems at a time that they can ill-afford it. Read More »