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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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Art amid the din of war: Ancient and contemporary music from the Iranian world and beyond
May10

Art amid the din of war: Ancient and contemporary music from the Iranian world and beyond

A welcome earful of rare traditional and contemporary music from the Iranian world is offered in a London event that brings together European and Middle Eastern artists and enthusiasts performing in a fusion of eastern and western traditions, writes Sajid Rizvi. Golazin Ardestani, an internationally renowned musicologist, vocalist and actor [actress, to be more precise, for those who don’t know her yet or can’t tell her...

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Iran wins another credit upgrade
Jan23

Iran wins another credit upgrade

Iran’s sovereign ratings have been upgraded by Capital Intelligence, the international credit rating agency. CI ratings, based in Cyprus, announced  23 January announced that it has upgraded Iran’s Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Ratings to ‘BB-’ from ‘B+’, and affirmed its Short-Term Foreign and Local Currency Ratings at ‘B’. The Outlook for Iran’s ratings remains ‘Stable’. CI said the upgrade reflects the recent lifting of...

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West weighs risks in Iran-Saudi escalation
Jan03

West weighs risks in Iran-Saudi escalation

As the West, Europe in particular, weighs the risks emerging from the diplomatic escalation between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the possibility of an actual—armed—confrontation between the two countries is among the spectres that seem increasingly hard to dispel. Saudi Arabia is already bogged down militarily in Yemen, along with some of the more enthusiastic partners in its coalition, and has faced charges of crimes against humanity. The...

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From there to here: The future of Iran sanctions and oil
Aug27

From there to here: The future of Iran sanctions and oil

The 14 July agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme has set in motion a gradual easing of the West’s position towards Iran and begun the processes towards a dismantling of the sanctions enforced by the United States, the European Union and individual countries aligned with either the USA, the EU or both.(1) The ‘reopening’ of Iran, as it is being described in the West, has also raised questions of its potential...

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