Economy

Destroying Lebanon to Save It

2020 Jun 13

Conservative Republicans have unveiled a report that could have terrible consequences for a country already facing ruin.

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The Wrath of Caesar

2020 Jun 11

The Makhlouf affair may accelerate a generalized collapse of Syrias economy and effective control over the country.

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You May Pay More at the Pump, as OPEC+ Cuts Oil Production

2020 Jun 11

The intervention of President Trump, worried by the decimation of comparatively high cost U.S. shale oil production companies, forced President Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to back off...

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Preventing an Emerging-Market Meltdown

2020 Jun 11

Emerging markets today account for more than two-fifths of global GDP measured at market exchange rates, and nearly three-fifths after adjusting for differences in purchasing power.

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The End of Europe’s Chinese Dream

2020 Jun 02

The COVID-19 crisis has pushed Europeans strategic thinking about China – already shifting because of three developments – past the tipping point. After years of pursuing closer bilateral economic ties, Europeans suddenly realize that they have become dan

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Can corruption risks be mitigated without hindering governments’ COVID-19 response?

2020 May 31

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to increase corruption risks and practices that contribute to illicit financial flows, and may also introduce new risks.

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What Should We Be Preparing For?

2020 May 30

In most emerging and developing countries, COVID-19 is causing an economic hurricane. It looks increasingly like a Category 5, but the international community and many national governments prepared for a tropical storm.

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At a Breaking Point

2020 May 27

Lebanons politicians know they must save their country from an implosion in order to save themselves.

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The Death of Lebanon’s Middle Class

2020 May 23

A country with a proud history of trade and commerce is starting to crumble into permanent poverty.

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Currency chaos, exploding prices and burning banks

2020 May 18

In Lebanon, the local currency has slumped to a record low, people are losing their jobs and the price of food is skyrocketing. Despite the threat posed by the coronavirus, hundreds are taking to the streets in protest. Julia Neumann reports from Beirut

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The Misguided War on Global Value Chains

2020 May 13

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought economies around the world to an abrupt halt and highlighted the fragility of existing global value chains. But demolishing these key drivers of international trade and investment would only make a bad situation worse.

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The Case for Deeply Negative Interest Rates

2020 May 13

Only monetary policy addresses credit throughout the economy. Until inflation and real interest rates rise from the grave, only a policy of effective deep negative interest rates, backed up by measures to prevent cash hoarding by financial firms, can do t

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