Archive for December, 2013

Egypt’s Rudderless Economy and the Persistence of Structural Fault-lines

Egypt’s Rudderless Economy and the Persistence of Structural Fault-lines

The Egyptian economy has for decades suffered from deep structural economic problems, including high unemployment, inflation, poor infrastructure, and a chronic fiscal deficit. Hopes that the post-Mubarak era would allow for meaningful economic reform and restructuring have gradually faded, while the distribution of economic power and the Mubarak-era economic structure remain more or less intact. […]

EU and Israel Agree to Disagree on Horizon 2020

EU and Israel Agree to Disagree on Horizon 2020

Last July, we reported on an EU decision which would prohibit Israel from spending European funds on projects in occupied Palestinian territory. Although this move is unlikely to have a major impact on the Israeli economy, it was considered a major stumbling block for Israel’s participation in Horizon 2020 – the EU’s flagship programme for […]

Iran Deal: Turkey’s “zero problems with neighbours” Foreign Policy Comes Under Increasing Strain

Iran Deal: Turkey’s “zero problems with neighbours” Foreign Policy Comes Under Increasing Strain

Much has been said about how the recent nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 will affect geopolitics in the Middle East; and in particular how key US allies – Saudi Arabia and Israel – have demonstrated their unease with prospects for any rapprochement between Iran and the West. But where does Turkey, a key […]

The Iran Deal: Beyond Nuclear Proliferation

The Iran Deal: Beyond Nuclear Proliferation

The interim agreement reached on November 24 in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear program has been greeted by most as a step in the right direction. In exchange for limited relief from some international sanctions, Iran has committed to rolling back parts of its nuclear program and freezing others, while allowing for IAEA inspections. As the […]