Four years after the start of the Arab revolutions, fundamental issues like polarization identities and economic inequities continue to destabilize the region.
Doubts have been raised and criticisms continue to be made concerning Lebanon’s choice of upstream petroleum fiscal terms and strategies to award oil and gas licenses.
The Islamic State needs to be fought militarily, but the underlying causes of frustration and marginalization also have to be addressed.
If the oil and gas sector in Lebanon is successfully established, it can dwarf any other sector in the economy. But to achieve that success, some basic requirements should be met first.
The Middle East is vital to China’s present and future energy interests, but the region’s thorny geopolitics make Chinese state-owned firms hesitant to make large investments there.
While financial awareness and education have a long way to go before Syria’s financial sector can reach its true potential, the country was and remains underbanked and underinsured by all measures.
It is useful to consider what processes are implicated in the ongoing reconstruction experiences of Iraq and Lebanon and what, in turn, these experiences can reveal about the Syrian case moving forward.
As Tunisia prepares to enter a new phase in its process of democratization, two key challenges face the country’s government: the economy and security.
Big business has been virtually excluded from recent stimulus plans designed to get Egypt’s wheels spinning after years in recession. However, long-term recovery and stabilization are quite dependent on the resumption of activities by large private enterprises, which still control key sectors of the economy.
The current conflict has renewed interest in splitting Iraq along religious and ethnic lines. But other steps are needed for the country’s long-term recovery.