Emerging Markets Outlook Blog

Analysis and comment on economic and political events affecting the business environment in emerging and frontier markets

African Business Success is a Long-term Proposition

Impressive returns may await those who approach Africa with a long-term view

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Clever Consultants Misunderstanding Africa…Again

An elite consulting firm, BCG, once again gets Africa wrong. The challenges multinationals face doing business in Africa are similar to those they face in any foreign environment.

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Indonesia’s “Fragile” Religious Peace Is Stronger than it Appears

Indonesia’s religious peace has resisted Saudi influence to remain stronger and more tolerant than many in the West fear.

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The Magnanimity of Despots and the Fall of the House of Bongo

Ali Bongo has just promised to give a tiny sliver of his fortune to the people of Gabon. It is probably too little, too late.

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Cecil the Lion and Zimbabwe’s Tragedy

The killing of Cecil the Lion was a senseless act, but far worse are the murders, political oppression, hunger, and economic devastation inflicted by Robert Mugabe’s government on the people of Zimbabwe

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Hold the 2022 Winter Olympics in Kazakhstan

Neither Beijing nor Almaty is an ideal place to hold the 2022 Olympics, but Almaty is by far the better choice

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The Real European Question: Greece, the Euro, and a More Perfect Union

The real question in the Greek debt crisis is not whether Greece will leave the Euro but whether, and how, the European Union can survive

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Prince Al Waleed and Donald Trump: Peas in a Pod?

Donald Trump and Prince Al Waleed bin Talal: two billionaires obsessed with proving their net worth and suing those who question their figures

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19 Jun

Pope Francis, Climate Change, Science and Technology

Pope Francis may be the most widely admired pope in recent times, especially among non-Catholics, but his encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home” contains language and ideas that should give pause to rationalists of every political and religious persuasion.

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Can Kazakhstan Escape the Middle-Income Trap?

Since the break-up of the Soviet Union Kazakhstan has done far better economically than most of the other former Soviet republics, with per capita GDP rising from a little over $1,200 to nearly $14,000. But reaching its stated goal of becoming one of the world’s 30 richest countries by 2050 is far from assured.

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