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Not only a pawn in their game   
The war in Yemen has its own domestic logic, independent of the Saudi-Iranian ‘cold war'. Visiting the city of Marib in central Yemen earlier this month, it was for a moment possible to forget that Yemen is embroiled in a devastating civil war. Streets bustled with commerce and construction; a newly...
Israel’s Missile Defense and Some Implications for South Korea   
social shareBy examining Israel’s development of missile defense systems and the measures taken to ensure the safety of Israeli people at times of conflicts and wars, some implications are drawn from Israel’s experience for South Korea which faces a looming threat from the rogue Kim Jong-Un regime i...
Does purchase price matter for the waiting time to start using energy efficient technologies: Experi...   
Hassen, Sied and Gunnar K?hlin. 2017. “Energy Economics.” Science Direct 68: 133-140. Download reference Doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eneco.2017.09.021 this study uses?a randomized experiment in rural Ethiopia to test on how quickly energy efficient technology (an improved stove) is put in use afte...
African nations are powering up the business rankings. What lessons can we learn from them?   
The World Bank Group recently launched its annual Doing Business report. In its 15th edition, the report investigates regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it in 190 countries. These regulations include starting a business, obtainment of construction permits, availabil...
Lebanon: The Return of Pax Syriana?   
As Saudi Arabia yesterday ordered its citizens to leave Lebanon, Syria seems to be reasserting its historic control over its western neighbour.Saudi Arabia yesterday demanded its citizens leave Lebanon immediately as tensions between the two countries reached boiling point following the resignation...
Here’s how we can protect Africa’s internet freedom   
Much to the dismay of the government in Addis Ababa, “Zone 9” has become a household name in Ethiopia. Since 2012, this small group of journalists-turned-online activists has used social media to campaign for political freedoms and civil liberties in their country. The group’s success-measured, for...
Destabilising Lebanon will only strengthen Hezbollah   
Europeans should work to blunt the impact of Saudi Arabia's strategy and prevent dangerous confrontation. The sudden resignation of Lebanon's Prime Minister has thrust the country into renewed political crisis. Less than a year after Saad Hariri re-entered office, his departure raises fears that Leb...
Kurdish referendum fallout threatens Western interests in the Middle East   
If Europe fails to up its diplomatic engagement with the Kurds it will lose influence to Tehran and Ankara. The independence referendum held by the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq (KRG), on 25th of September, was calculated to strengthen their negotiating leverage with Baghdad, Tehran and Anka...
Sahel visit leaves fundamental issues unaddressed   
UNSC delegation continues to focus on technical implementation rather than tackling political problems. A senior delegation from the UN Security Council has just made its way back to New York from a whirlwind trip to the Sahel. The trip followed a string of high profile armed attacks in the region, ...
Education lessons from one of the world's toughest places   
Few countries in the world are worse places for children to learn than Liberia. The official UN statistics paint a picture of a country where most adults and children struggle with basic reading and writing. Civil war and the Ebola virus devastated not just people’s lives, but the majority of the e...
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