2015

2014

Jordan: Big Changes Afoot In Aqaba

MILESTONES By Justin Keay First Jordan was hit by the global economic crisis, which slowed annual growth rates from around 8% to 3% and reduced foreign direct investment to a trickle. Now Syria’s bloody civil war is threatening to overwhelm ...

2013

Regional Focus: The Levant

WHEN WILL A NEW SUN RISE? By Justin Keay The Levant region is plagued with political instability and unrest. But there are pockets of economic strength and inklings of long-term development. According to the Collins English Dictionary, the word Levant ...

Country Report: Turkey

THE COST OF INSTABILITY   By Justin Keay   The full effects of recent upheavals and unrest in Turkey have not yet been felt, and policymakers have some serious work ahead to bring markets back in order and reassure investors ...

Sector Report: Agribusiness

NURTURING GLOBAL BREADBASKETS   By Justin Keay   It is time to address developmental roadblocks globally if the world’s food supplies are to meet demand over the next 40 years.   There is probably no industry where the basic laws ...

Country Report: Lebanon

DRAGGING A GEOPOLITICAL ANCHOR   By Justin Keay   There were few bright spots for Lebanon over the past year. However, the banking and real estate sectors showed encouraging signs, and a recovery has begun.   Despite their traditional stoicism, ...

Regional Focus Caucasus

BEYOND OLD BOUNDARIES   By Justin Keay   Oil wealth, a favorable location and buoyant economic growth have thrust Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia onto the international stage. However, regional conflicts, political tensions and corruption are never far away.   “The ...

Country Report: Kuwait

SURMOUNTING THE STATUS QUO   By Justin Keay   Despite its wealth and strong banking sector, Kuwait is being held back by its failure to invest internally and diversify away from oil.   The demonstrations that preceded—and followed—Kuwait’s parliamentary elections ...

Europe And UK Relations Hit Low Tide

MILESTONES: UK/EU   By Justin Keay   UK and EU relations have always been tense, but their relationship has deteriorated dramatically in recent months.     While headlines have focused on noisy arguments over support for struggling eurozone members or ...

2012

Country Report: Lebanon

AGAINST ALL ODDS   By Justin Keay   Mid-20th-century tourists flocked to Lebanon, the Switzerland of the East. War and instability long ago changed that. Now, with the Syrian conflict spilling over its borders, the country faces yet another round ...

Sector Report: Agribusiness Take Off

A BUMPER YIELD   By Justin Keay   Agribusiness is increasingly being viewed as a dynamic area to invest in. But as global demand for food supplies and land increases, can banks, often criticized for their short-term outlook, meet the ...