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Syria’s tragedy and the story so far
Jan31

Syria’s tragedy and the story so far

Europe, not just the European Union, continues to blunder through policy and practice vis à vis Syria and its refugees as the turmoil in the country continues and the death toll mostly of the innocent mounts daily. And now there’s President Donald Trump of the United States, and the future for Syria, the Middle East and indeed the whole of Europe and the West looks uncertain. Amidst these multiple imponderables comes a new book from a...

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With Trump in the Oval Office, the world’s direction is a known unknown
Nov17

With Trump in the Oval Office, the world’s direction is a known unknown

Credit must be given, however grudgingly, where it is due. To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, one of the jokers in the Bush pack, we are now awash with a great plethora of known unknowns.  With Donald Trump set to become American president come 20 January 2017, the world is entering an unknown territory, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies. In the forthcoming edition of the IISS journal Survival, eminent US...

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Iran insurance market largely untapped, and now there’s Trump
Nov15

Iran insurance market largely untapped, and now there’s Trump

Insurers are still wary of Iran as the need for foreign capacity grows, and now there’s US President-elect Donald Trump to consider as part of future calculations of how European or western non-life insurance operators play that market. Axco Insurance Information Services (Axco), a leading supplier of global insurance market information, in a country report on Iran highlighted hesitancy from international brokers and reinsurers,...

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Let there be Light! Nour Festival offers hope in creativity
Oct18

Let there be Light! Nour Festival offers hope in creativity

London’s annual Nour Festival returns to the multicultural metropolis 20 October-6 November 2016, promising to highlight “the best of contemporary arts and culture from the Middle East and North Africa.” Sadly the festival’s overarching mission is challenged and overshadowed by unprecedented turmoil and fragmentation in the region it celebrates and  showcases. As the five-year-old festival’s audiences...

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Arqaam Capital upbeat about MENA structural reform
Sep20

Arqaam Capital upbeat about MENA structural reform

Arqaam Capital, a specialist emerging and frontier markets investment bank, says it sees positive mediump to long-term impact from structural reforms in the Middle East and North Africa region The bank on 19 September  inaugurated its third MENA Investors Conference in Dubai, coinciding—as analysts saw—with a time of change and reform in the MENA region. The prolonged oil oversupply, which may extend into the first half of 2017, has...

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