MENA & Central Asia

  • The restructuring of Kyrgyzstan’s ruling party

    May 2, 2018

    Kyrgyzstan is Central Asia’s only genuine democracy. A split within the ruling Social Democrat Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK) was threatening to factionalise the party and engender political instability, but the president has now wielded the knife.

    A tale of two presidents

    In October 2017, President Sooronbay Jeenbekov of the SDPK was elected president, marking Central Asia’s first ...

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  • Snapshot: May Day risks

    April 30, 2018

    May Day on 1 May is marked by workers’ rallies and marches around the globe, bringing risks that range from traffic disruption through to violence involving protesters and the authorities.

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  • Snapshot: Easter risks

    March 29, 2018

    Easter, the most important Christian festival, brings significant security and travel risks, spanning everything from potential terrorist attacks on places of worship to striking airline cabin crew disrupting holiday plans. Here are some.

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  • Egypt prepares for election amid security concerns

    March 21, 2018

    While incumbent Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi looks certain to win Egypt's presidential election when the country goes to the polls on 26-28 March, the security situation is less predictable.

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  • Snapshot: Tunisia’s state of emergency extension

    March 19, 2018

    A seven-month extension of Tunisia's state of emergency began last week, covering forthcoming elections and the summer tourist season. Against a backdrop of economic unrest and a threat from terrorist groups, what precautions should travel operators take?

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