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Political Risk Analysis - Scenario: US-Russia Clash In Syria - DEC 2016

East Med October 2016 / Global / Political Risk

Direct US military intervention against the Assad regime in Syria would greatly increase the risk of a deadly clash between US and Russian forces. Although any such incidents would most likely be contained, they would send shockwaves through the international community.


Economic Analysis - Eurobond Issuance Offers Numerous Economic Benefits - DEC 2016

Gulf October 2016 / Saudi Arabia / Economy

Saudi Arabia's upcoming debut Eurobond issuance will enable the government to slow the pace of foreign reserves depletion and offer some respite to the domestic capital market, even as fiscal pressures remain elevated amid low oil prices. The issuance will increase public debt, but will not markedly weaken the country's sovereign profile.