Articles

Articles in major media and academic publications written by New Silk Road Monitor Editor Afshin Molavi.

Africa’s Future and the Emerging World

Africa’s Future and the Emerging World

By Afshin Molavi If you want to understand our collective future, look no further than Africa. Let us 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...

A Greek economic renaissance could benefit the broader Arab world

A Greek economic renaissance could benefit the broader Arab world

By Afshin Molavi - 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 he was experiencing...

The New Silk Road Runs Through the UAE

The New Silk Road Runs Through the UAE

October 2018 - By Afshin Molavi - When Chinese President Xi Jinping flew to Africa on his way to the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) summit this past summer, he followed a route that has become familiar to many Chinese travelers: he stopped in...

As Chinese Dragon Slows, Middle East Will Feel the Heat

As Chinese Dragon Slows, Middle East Will Feel the Heat

By Afshin Molavi China’s economy is slowing, which is both inevitable and alarming. Inevitable because no economy can defy gravity and grow at nearly double-digit rates on average for three decades, as China’s did from 1989 through 2018. And alarming because the...

Interviews

Afshin Molavi interviews some of the world’s leading thinkers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and writers, in a series known as Tea with emerge85.

The Writer Bringing Northern Nigeria to the World

When Abubakar Adam Ibrahim was 18 years old, he got into a memorable spat with his older brother, who insisted Ibrahim enter a BBC contest for aspiring playwrights. But the young, hesitant writer refused. “When I said ‘no’ to the contest, he stopped talking to...