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Iran’s stakes in Syria

While Iran is not responsible for the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, Tehran has exploited the situation to its advantage. Iran has injected tens of thousands of pro-regime fighters into the country, keeping President al-Assad in power. The resulting security uncertainty has compounded Syria’s economic woes, scaring investors away.

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Trouble for China’s economy

While many economists were still arguing that the meteoric rise of the Chinese economy would continue for years, GIS expert Professor Enrico Colombatto correctly foresaw that economic trouble was afoot. Ahead of the Evergrande crisis, he wrote that “Chinese policymakers have indeed acknowledged the presence … of too many bad projects and poorly managed companies.” He added that, “unease in Beijing’s economic circles is rising – more than today’s current statistics reveal.” This farsighted analysis was proven accurate in September 2021, when one of China’s largest property developers reportedly faced a cash crunch.

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Geopolitics are back on the agenda

Due to the fast changing international order geopolitics are back on the agenda. I believe that GIS makes a great contribution with analyses and insights that should help businesses and governments developing their responses.

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