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From State of Exception to Anti-Coup Dictatorship in Erdoğan’s Turkey  

May 17, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, World Politics, Governance & Regulation, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Volga Can Ozben and Richard Westra Volga Can Ozben and Richard Westra maintain Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a poster case for the modern state of exception. This is a condition where constitutional and legal provisions in democracies, designed to temporarily empower rulers with absolute authority to defend the state in the face …

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Syria – Trump may just have started WWIII

April 12, 2017 • Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Peter Koenig The conflict in Syria continues to haunt not only the media but also the minds and hearts of people who have witnessed the horrendous effects of the recent chemical attack on Syrian ground. Peter Koenig bravely calls to the world, “People

Time for African Economic Miracle

March 27, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Frontier Markets, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock In the 20th century, Africa gained political independence but fell behind the economic boom. In the 21st century, it is Africa’s turn – but not without a stronger state and a new external push.   After struggling against corruption,

SADC Region Seeks to Accelerate Industrialisation amid Challenges in Mining and Energy

March 20, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Middle East & Africa, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Abayomi Azikiwe Swaziland summit discusses economic crises in the sub-continent The Republic of South Africa, the most industrialised state in the region, is still undergoing an economic recession. King Mswati III emphasised the necessity for regional

United You Don’t Stand

February 20, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

From the Editors The latest news about Israel is again about some on-going land grab. This is not new news. This has been going on for over 70 years. And in and of itself historically Israel is not unique in conducting this type of land grab for those it

Cracking the Arab World’s Development Puzzle: Oil or Politics?

February 16, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Ibrahim Elbadawi and Hoda Selim Is the Arab World cursed by its own institutions rather than by oil wealth? These institutions, which have predated oil discoveries, have shaped economic incentives that affect how oil revenue is collected and used, and in

Where Next for Syria?

February 16, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, International Relations, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By James Denselow The conflict in Syria has been going on for almost six years and despite events in Aleppo would appear to have the potential to go on for even longer. This piece examines the state of play in the country and examines the current trends

Managing Human and Intellectual Capital for Sustaining African Organisations

February 1, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Middle East & Africa, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Hamid H. Kazeroony, Yvonne du Plessis, Bill Buenar Puplampu In this article, the authors examine the needs of African organisations for human and intellectual capital and suggest how they should work with governments and the educational system to acquire,

The Economy of Dubai

January 17, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Middle East & AfricaComments (1)

By Raimundo Soto The success of Dubai in using resource rents for economic development and higher welfare, nevertheless, does not rule out the fact that some of the symptoms of the resource curse are present. There are three important weaknesses in the

How the Rand Exchange Rate Volatility Affects the South African Economy?

December 1, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, Global Capital Markets, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Matthew Kofi Ocran While the South African rand has historically been characterised with high volatilities, the recent levels of gyrations of the currency, particularly against the US dollar has been quite unprecedented. How does this volatility affect