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heir to Saudi Arabia’s throne wants to diversify the kingdom’s oil-based
economy and make it one of the 15 biggest in the world. As Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman lines up funding for his project, many wonder if the
monarchy is ready for reforms that are nearly certain to upset its social and
political order. Can a mostly tribal population and an entrenched religious
establishment be dragged into modernity by royal order?
Ambassador Zvi Mazel
its oil and natural gas reserves near depletion, Brunei is searching for ways
to diversify its economy, but thus far the only country willing to invest in
the strategically located sultanate is China. Europe, the United States and
Japan are missing on an important business and geopolitical opportunity in
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
Since the end of Angola’s civil war (1975-2002), oil production in the country has rapidly increased. Production more than doubled between 2004 and 2008, from 800,000 to 1.7 million barrels per day, stabilizing at around 1.8 million bpd in 2015. Oil revenues alone injected an estimated $470 billion into Angolan state coffers between 2002 and 2014. But the recent dr...
Anonymous GIS Expert
As the Russian economy’s difficulties deepen, the Kremlin is putting a brave face on things. It maintains that Western sanctions have been beneficial and that its own anti-crisis program is working. Moreover, the government is talking up a new “Strategy 2030” to boost domestic self-sufficiency based on import substitution. The new measures, however, are unlikely to...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
<i>This report presents, back-to-back, two scenarios for the emerging strategic relationship between India and Africa outlined by GIS contributors, <b>Pramit Pal Chaudhuri</b> of India and <b>Teresa Nogueira Pinto</b>, our Africa expert.</i> View from India Africa summits are ...
Pramit Pal Chaudhuri