Country Report: Lebanon

WAIT AND SEE   By Justin Keay   Lebanon has tumbled from its economic boom in 2010. Investors are holding back to see how the new government fares. So far, its reform progress is less than impressive. But with the ...

Country Report: Israel

RESPONSIBILITY AND REFORM   By Gilly Wright   Responsible fiscal and monetary policies and a host of reforms aimed at liberalizing the economy have allowed Israel to become one of the world’s most attractive places for foreign investment. But change ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Middle East

BAHRAIN: PROTESTS IMPACT THE ECONOMY   By Gordon Platt   Political unrest in Bahrain in February and March may have cost the economy as much as $2 billion.   New governor at Dubai International Financial Centre Essam Fakhro, chairman of the ...

GCC: Big Changes Loom

GCC REGIONAL REPORT: MARKING A MILESTONE   By Gordon Platt   The regional group faces new challenges as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.   The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) celebrated its 30th anniversary on May 25 with quiet flag-raising ceremonies ...

ME: Lebanon’s Future Uncertain

EMERGING MARKETS ROUNDUP: MIDDLE EAST   by Gordon Platt   After five months of political wrangling, Lebanon’s prime minister Najib Mikati on June 13 announced a new government led by the Shiite Hezbollah movement, giving Syria and Iran renewed influence ...

Regional Report: GCC

GUNS AND BUTTER   The GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries, led by Saudi Arabia, will spend $120 billion over the next few years to buy advanced fighter planes and anti-missile defense systems. They are spending even larger sums to placate ...

Early Days

COUNTRY REPORT: EGYPT   By Justin Keay   Egypt is still in the very early stages of transition, but if it can establish political stability, its economy should grow strongly over the coming years.   If confidence really is the ...

An Oasis Of Calm

COUNTRY REPORT: KUWAIT   By Gordon Platt   Kuwait has been largely unaffected by the winds of change sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa.   In the 50 years since Britain ended its protectorate and Kuwait became an ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Middle East

SAUDI ARABIA REOPENS IPO MARKET WITH TELECOM ISSUE   By Gordon Platt   The first initial public offering of the year in Saudi Arabia, home of the Arab world’s largest stock market, attracted more than 638,000 subscribers, more than 92% ...