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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 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”