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Thomas Alberts

Thomas Alberts

Thomas Alberts is a PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. From Cape Town, South Africa, Thomas has previously written about South African political history, human rights and legacies of apartheid. He is based in London.

Yemen’s Turn

Yemen will hold a presidential election on 21 February. Yet opposition groups lack unity, sporadic fighting continues in the south, …

The Saudi Economy in 2012

Summary A new report titled “Saudi Economy in 2012” forecasts slower growth, higher government spending, and smaller current account surpluses. …

Oil Sector Reform in Libya

The overthrow of Qadhafi’s regime has cost Libya’s economy dearly. Forecasts for 2011 are that GDP has declined by 28 …

Syria’s Economic Woes

Syria’s economy is starting to feel the pressure of eight months of violence in which an estimated 3000 people have …

Ceasefire in Yemen

The international spotlight alighted, then lingered, on Yemen this past week. On 21 October—the day after the capture and then …

War of Numbers

  Numbers are central to the stories we tell. They leverage sentiment and ignite emotion and can be downright dangerous. …

The Long Game

National Transitional Council (NTC) spokesperson Guma Al-Gamaty announced on 2 September that a constitutional council of approximately 200 members would …

After Qadhafi

Rebels forces are poised to take Tripoli and unseat their ruler of nearly forty-two years. Although the argument for stalemate …