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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

Does Covid-19 Mean the End of Urbanization? By Afshin Molavi - Jul 29, 2020

At the dawn of the 20th century, the five largest cities of the world told a story of Western economic dominance and embodied an even bigger phenomenon: the rise of urbanization. The Industrial Revolution of the preceding century, coupled with rapidly growing trade and European colonization, brought considerable wealth to the United States, Britain, France … Continue reading “Does Covid-19 Mean the End of Urbanization?”

In Fighting Covid-19, Examples from the UAE Show Why Functioning Globalized Networks Are Important By Afshin Molavi - Apr 30, 2020

Imagine you are a US state governor or senior public health official amid the Covid-19 pandemic. You are short on masks, on testing equipment, on protective equipment and the president has encouraged you to compete for goods on the open market. What do you do? You begin looking outside US borders. You look at the … Continue reading “In Fighting Covid-19, Examples from the UAE Show Why Functioning Globalized Networks Are Important”

After the Pandemic: Prices Have Slumped, But the World Still Needs Oil for Decades More By Afshin Molavi - Mar 26, 2020

Remember $165 oil? There might well be more than a touch of nostalgia in that question for oil industry executives and Middle East oil producers after the dramatic fall in the price of crude following the breakdown in talks between Saudi Arabia, OPEC and Russia this month and the fall in demand worldwide caused by … Continue reading “After the Pandemic: Prices Have Slumped, But the World Still Needs Oil for Decades More”

There’s More to US-China Tensions Than the Trade War, and MENA Countries Are Caught in the Middle By Afshin Molavi - Jan 8, 2020

If you want to know where the Democratic Party in America stands on an issue, the only thing you need to know is where US President Donald Trump stands on an issue – and then take the opposite. This is generally true across domestic and foreign policy with one major exception: China. In a Washington … Continue reading “There’s More to US-China Tensions Than the Trade War, and MENA Countries Are Caught in the Middle”

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”