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Commentary

Egypt remains exposed to food supply shocks

Cairo must develop a more reliable and secure supply chain of wheat imports and invest in sustainable domestic agriculture if it is to weather the global food shortage.

December 12, 2022

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Volatility in energy markets is the new normal

Fresh EU sanctions and a G7-led price cap on Russian crude have sought to safeguard global oil supplies and prices, but energy markets will struggle to absorb their impact.

December 6, 2022

Opinion

Can Egypt fix its finances?

As the country sinks further into debt, observers are questioning whether its government can secure the funds it needs to restore stability to the economy

November 19, 2022

UAE and KSA ramp up port investments

Commentary

UAE and KSA: growth and influence along Red Sea

Abu Dhabi and Riyadh are ramping up investment in military bases and ports as part of efforts to insulate their economies and shore up their security in anticipation of the US’s withdrawal from the region

November 2, 2022

Commentary

US and China on collision course over sea trade routes

Differing security approaches amid tumultuous world events increases the risk of escalation and further disruption to trade around maritime chokepoints

October 18, 2022

Op-ed

UK upgrades ties with Israel

The move will serve the UK’s wider interests in the Gulf and Middle East

September 5, 2022

Op-ed

Biden, MbS and realpolitik

The US-Saudi relationship, though strained, was never at serious risk. 

August 4, 2022

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Libya in crisis: political divisions prompt protests

The population is losing patience as the international community loses its appetite – and its credibility. 

July 6, 2022

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Gulf steps in to support Egypt amid growing economic risks

The UAE, Saudi and Qatar are ramping up strategic investments and snapping up Egyptian assets.

June 30, 2022