Arabia Monitor Newsletter - 1 June 2017

Date: Jun 2017

New Country Views Part II "Iran Banking System: Will Rouhani reduce vulnerability?"

  • What banking overhaul reforms is the government undertaking to bring it closer to international standards?
  • Which foreign banks have started doing business with Iran?
  • What are the challenges facing the Iranian banking sector?

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RSVP for June Conf. Call "Charting a new course for US role in MENA?"

  • What are the highlights of President Trump’s visit to the Middle East?
  • What is the likelihood of Lebanese parliamentary elections taking place in June?
  • How will higher interest rates in Egypt impact inflation given cost-push pressures?
  • Other than participation rates, what was most significant about Rouhani’s re-election? Is Raisi still a viable supreme leader candidate?
  • Which MENA countries have capitalised on China's first One Belt One Road Summit?

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New Country Views Part I "Iran Islamic Finance: Ready for take-off"

In Part I of this two part series, we analyse Iran’s potential return to the international bond market. Part II provides insight into the challenges facing the banking sector.

  • What is the status of the Islamic finance market in Iran? What were the most prevalent instruments issued in 2015/16?
  • What economic policies is the government planning to implement before tapping the international bond market?
  • What are our predictions for the 19 May Iranian elections? What kind of political/economic policies are Rouhani and Raisi pursuing?

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