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Afshin Molavi

Afshin Molavi is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and editor and founder of the New Silk Road Monitor. 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. He is also a former Dubai-based correspondent with Reuters and an analyst at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank.

Articles By Afshin Molavi

The Global Economy, the Middle East and Echoes of 2009 By Afshin Molavi - Nov 5, 2019

Every year in October, the world’s top finance officials and global bankers gather to attend the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s annual meetings. Walking the halls of the IMF and World Bank in Washington, attending plenary sessions and cocktail gatherings and smaller seminars, one can get a rough temperature of perceptions of the global … Continue reading “The Global Economy, the Middle East and Echoes of 2009”

As Brexit Shows the Cost of ‘Reverse-Globalization,’ Middle East States Should Take the Lead to a New Free-Trade Architecture By Afshin Molavi - Aug 22, 2019

Throughout much of modern history, the Middle East has largely been on the receiving end of decisions made by other, bigger powers. Beyond the sphere of oil, it has been the recipient of the macro order, rather than a shaper of it. But a unique confluence of events is taking place this year and next … Continue reading “As Brexit Shows the Cost of ‘Reverse-Globalization,’ Middle East States Should Take the Lead to a New Free-Trade Architecture”

An African Free-Trade Area and Growing Middle East-Africa Ties Are Key to Prosperity  By Afshin Molavi - Jul 31, 2019

If you want to understand our collective future, look no further than Africa. Let’s start with the obvious, Africa’s demographics. According to UN projections, Africa’s population is set to double by 2050 to 2.4 billion. Looking further ahead to the year 2100, Africa’s population is expected to hit 4.3 billion. By that time, some one-third … Continue reading “An African Free-Trade Area and Growing Middle East-Africa Ties Are Key to Prosperity “

A Greek Economic Renaissance Could Benefit the Broader Arab World By Afshin Molavi - Jul 15, 2019

Shortly before Greece’s recent election, the gifted orator and then-prime minister, Alexei Tsipras, delivered a rousing speech to a cheering throng of supporters, at one point declaring that his main opponent could not achieve what Tsipras was experiencing at that moment: an adoring crowd. “They can’t have a rally like this one,” he said. “They … Continue reading “A Greek Economic Renaissance Could Benefit the Broader Arab World”

Egypt’s ‘Macro World’ Must Respond to the ‘Micro World’ of Its Citizens By Afshin Molavi - Jun 23, 2019

A few years before the uprisings that rocked Egypt and the broader Arab world, a young Egyptian blogger offered a biting assessment of the state of the economy, writing that he wished to live in the “macro world” because “everyone says the numbers look great.” His point was clear: yes, maybe the numbers on growth … Continue reading “Egypt’s ‘Macro World’ Must Respond to the ‘Micro World’ of Its Citizens”