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 ...