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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. …

Taxing Iran

Reforming the economy has been a key objective of Iran’s government since President Ahmadinejad’s troubled reelection in 2009. For example, …

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 …

Fear of Contagion

Europe stands at the precipice. With a near insolvent and debt-ridden Greece presenting the very real risk of an unmanaged …

Lessons in Reform

Egypt’s economy is in a serious post-revolutionary slump; economic growth only emerged from negative territory in the past few months …

Back to Basics

Earlier this year The Majalla introduced the Falafel Index as a way of looking at how macro-economic policy plays out …

Joined at the Hip

The Saudi stock market plunged by more than 5 percent when Standard and Poor’s announced in early August that the …

The Next, Next Thing

This year’s series of pan-regional revolutions and protests, collectively referred to as the Arab Spring has drawn the world’s attention …

GCC Time Bomb

In the 1920s, British novelist and critic George Orwell famously observed that “we may find in the long run that …