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Afshin Molavi

Afshin Molavi is the co-director of emerge85, a lab that explores change in emerging markets and its global impact. He is also a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He writes broadly on global geo-economic and geopolitical issues, and his writing has appeared in The Financial Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg View, Institutional Investor, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and many academic and specialty publications. A former Dubai-based correspondent with Reuters and an analyst at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank, he is also founder and editor of the New Silk Road Monitor, a blog that explores the geo-commercial ties between Asia and the Middle East.

The BRICS, the ‘85 World’ and the Future of the Middle East By Afshin Molavi - Aug 7, 2018

When the British economist Jim O’Neill dubbed the fast-growing, large, emerging market economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China as the BRICs in 2001, few could have imagined that an acronym invented by a Goldman Sachs banker could today become a potent symbol of rising multipolarity in a world formerly dominated by Western powers. But … Continue reading “The BRICS, the ‘85 World’ and the Future of the Middle East”

South Korea’s “Gold Medal” Economy’s Lesson on Development to the Arab World: First, Forget the Rankings Surveys and Then Drop the Consultants By Afshin Molavi - Feb 18, 2018

Imagine you are a resident of South Korea in the early 1960s. Your country is poor, your economy desolate. A military leader with no experience in governance has just taken over the country in a coup d’etat. Your per capita income is lower than that of Yemen, Haiti or Ethiopia, and your per capita GDP … Continue reading “South Korea’s “Gold Medal” Economy’s Lesson on Development to the Arab World: First, Forget the Rankings Surveys and Then Drop the Consultants”