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December 23, 2019
Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates’ recent decision to take part in the Gulf Cup in Doha has signaled a cooling of tensions since the 2017 rift over an embargo of Qatar by the majority of members in the Gulf Co-operation Council, or GCC. The embargo stemmed from Qatar’s refusal to “comply with a list of demands from the Saudi-led camp, such as cutting ties with Islamist groups and...
Kimberly Clausing December 20, 2019
People in advanced economies, worried by inequality and stagnant wages, are turning against globalization. But embracing nationalism, and blaming immigration and trade, may not help. Quick fixes could do more harm than good. Kimberly Clausing, author and economist, urges reviewing policies to support workers and communities and reform taxes to share the gains of economic growth. She also urges...
Alexander Görlach November 26, 2019
Protests are breaking out worldwide: over corruption in Lebanon and Egypt, rising fuel prices and cuts in subsidies in Chile and Ecuador and France, sectarian power-sharing in Iraq and Lebanon, worries about housing prices and Chinese control in Hong Kong, separatist movement in Spain, and failure to enact climate-change regulations in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Austriaand New...
Arafat-Al-Yeasin November 13, 2019
The recent embrace of populists and protectionism reflects an overall decline in trust and worries about trade and differences in general. “Unemployment, relocation, poverty, and inequality -- for many people, these are the consequences of a process of global integration, which more and more think has gone too far,” writes Arafat-Al-Yeasin for the Dhaka Tribune. Globalization is the scapegoat,...
Neil Shearing October 24, 2019
Globalization and increased connections through trade, travel, education and more has shaped the world in recent decades, reducing interest rates, costs and inflation. “The integration of several billion workers into the global economy has pushed down labor’s share of income and pushed up the share flowing to company profits,” explains Neil Shearing for Barron’s. “The latter has provided an...
Allan Golombek October 3, 2019
President Donald Trump emphasized national interests, sovereignty and pride in his remarks before the UN General Assembly. Nations that avoid trade, though, could be at a disadvantage, explains Allan Golombek for RealClearMarkets. “Trade is the glue that largely holds together and fortifies the global economy,” he writes. “Unravel it, and the impact makes itself known – quickly.” With rising...
June 4, 2019
This decade has witnessed a strengthening of economic ties between a number of Middle Eastern countries and China. While previously the Middle East was seen primarily as a petrol station, explains the Economist, with nearly half of China’s oil supplied by Arab countries and Iran, there was little direct foreign investment. The Economist reports that since 2010, Chinese investment has skyrocketed...