INTERNATIONAL. Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian Gulf region. The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran and too distracted to develop one, is struggling to navigate Iraq’s fractious political landscape in search of a deal that would allow Washington to keep a meaningful military presence in the country beyond the end-of-2011 deadline stipulated by the current Status of Forces Agreement.
At the same time, Saudi Arabia, dubious of U.S. capabilities and intentions toward Iran, appears to be inching reluctantly toward an accommod
KUWAIT. Kuwait confirms the network layout for its new US$20 billion metro with construction due to begin in 2017; KNPC to invest US$35 billion on expanding oil and gas projects over the next five years.
INTERNATIONAL. Realism counsels caution, because a bias for action can often lead to disaster. But actually Obama is not a realist, yet he understands restraint. He rushes in with drones and advisers rather than with ground troops. But that is only the beginning of realism, not its culmination.
INTERNATIONAL. "Sovereign creditworthiness will likely remain the main driver behind bank ratings changes. But we note that many other risk metrics for the banks have remained fairly resilient, from profitability to funding and asset quality."
UAE. "In the short term, Erdogan's election signals a sign for continuity for Turkey. However, in the medium to longer term, questions remain. As in any political arena, a concentration of power and reduction of checks and balances carries negative risks."
INTERNATIONAL. Europe has been mired in an economic crisis for half a decade now. There have been constant predictions that Europe may finally be turning an economic corner, but if Germany's economy is contracting, it is difficult to believe that any corner is being turned.