February 25, 2008
Economic Development, Foreign Investment and the War on Terror
Oddly via one of my investment robots, I ran across this Op Ed from Zenpundit favourite Thomas P.M. Barnett - a Strat Studies type - on the necessity to focus on promoting growth in MENA, and imp. of FDI. More important than making things go boom.
I shall leave this open to comment. I have some own reactions, which may really resolve to quibbles, to details in the Op Ed, but it is interesting to see this argument.
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I was aware a while ago that Tom was headed to Jordan following on a trip with lot of regional stops with Adm. Fallon; hadn't realized it was on financial seminars this time.
Posted by: zenpundit at February 26, 2008 12:17 AM
Again, of tangential interest: Some French shenanigans going on, Sarko trying to reclaim the empire lost. Does anyone know more about this?
Posted by: Klaus at February 27, 2008 10:13 PM
Also only indirectly related, but you might be interested in this article on the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority:
Trust the French director to have a name like Villain.
Posted by: SP at February 28, 2008 02:50 AM
Anyone know anything here about the London market moving to offer religiously certified "Islamic" bonds and financial instruments ? Western Bankers reaching out to the "pious Middle Class" in the immigrant community? HMG trying to tap sovereign funds ? What ?
Posted by: zenpundit at February 29, 2008 12:45 AM
London and Islamic finance is nothing new. Depends on what exact products you're talking about, certainly there is a domestic product (UK) market among the IndoPak origin community. Bonds however, the Sukuk, are usually destined to Gulf investors - not so much the Sovereign Funds but investment pools.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at February 29, 2008 05:56 AM