New Country Views
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger
Qatar's economy has not only, as we expected, successfully absorbed the shocks from its neighbours’ boycott two years ago, it has strengthened -- particularly in banking and foreign reserves.
While there have been some setbacks, notably trade in the immediate region, the rift has actually allowed Qatar to become more self-sufficient.
We still expect tensions to disappear over time but that does not mean the underlying rift will go away, with the latest unfolding over Somalia.
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Growth recovery despite structural woes
Higher oil output should boost growth, but structural vulnerabilities, particularly high unemployment and a growing population, are being left unattended by the absence of any major legislative action.
The faltering of the Southern Iraq Integrated Project (SIIP) with US energy giant ExxonMobil reflects some of Iraq’s problems that need to be addressed.
Leaders in Baghdad and the Kurdistan regional capital Erbil have opened a fresh round of talks to resolve disputes over oil and territory, as new administrations in both cities look to reset their relationship.
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