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Middle East & North Africa

Political Risk Analysis and Consulting Firm

Our fact based analysis and expertise in the region will illuminate the optimal action plan.



Expand your business, complete the mission with actionable foresight, and manage political risk with the right strategy.


Political and Geopolitical Risk

Understanding Political Risk in the target country, and in MENA at large, is an essential part of a successful business strategy and of sound policy.


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iStrategic International

Identifying crucial political, security and socio-economic risks require culturally sensitive eyes, connections and regional intelligence trained to translate signs into actionable insight, and insight to opportunity. We contend that having a proactive strategy is indispensable for today’s American and international corporations, business ventures, government agencies and investment missions in the MENA region.

iStrategic is a political risk analysis and consulting firm providing specialized guidance on Middle East and North Africa affairs to the private sector.

Services We Offer


Political Risk Analysis

Political Risk Analysis for states in MENA provides a structured and specialized framework in which various region-specific risk criteria are weighted to reflect the impact on investment and business profitability.

Business Intelligence

We provide Business Intelligence to U.S. companies planning to expand their business operations in Middle East or North African countries.

Executive Outlook

Uniquely tailored series of seminars and presentations focusing exclusively on strategic investment and business opportunities in MENA

Cultural Training

If you are willing to expand your business venture, and invest in foreign markets, especially in MENA region, you need to take a serious approach towards intercultural competence.

Country Analysis

iStrategic's country analysis reports and consultations go beyond a conventional in-depth country profile.


At iStrategic We Believe

Traditional approaches to political risk and country analysis in MENA have under-served corporations and investment firms seeking to expand into the Middle East and North African market (MENA). Approaches that work for the Latin American market or East Asian markets for example won’t be suitable for the MENA market. The MENA region suffers from structural instabilities and disruptive political risks, but is also ripe with profitable opportunities. American and European businesses interested in the MENA market need to increase their political adaptive capabilities and can not afford to overlook political risks.  Understanding the political risks a company might face in the region will help it plan ahead and increase its capabilities to mitigate possible operational threats, and optimize the desired outcome. A successful business operation in the region needs to account for political and geopolitical risks, and prepare a proactive political risk management strategy.

At iStrategic We Deliver

As a political risk analysis and consulting firm exclusively focused on MENA, we deliver risk analysis and actionable insights based on facts and sound interpretation of data and intelligence. We offer our clients an insider’s perspective because we are proficient in an exclusive MENA tailored political risk analysis approach. Whether through one on one consultation, briefings, detailed reports or monthly executive summaries, we ensure our clients have a clear and up to date understanding of the current and future political risks in the region or specific MENA country.  We are proficient in various local languages: Arabic, Turkish, Farsi and Hebrew. We are connected to trusted in-country associates, and we provide the highest standard in rigorous risk research at the macro and micro/industry level. Discussing risk management strategies position our clients to extract the maximum value from our consultations, briefings and political risk analysis reports.

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January 16, 2018

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January 16, 2018

Russia in Iraq

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January 16, 2018

Jerusalem The Capital

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February 26, 2018

Iran’s Unrest

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March 1, 2018

Egypt Israel Gas Deal

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March 9, 2018

Russia-Turkey Gas and Defense Agreements

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March 15, 2018

C. P. Mohammed bin Salman’s US Visit

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March 24, 2018

China’s Relations with Gulf States

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April 10, 2018

Latest Updates on the Situation in Libya

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April 19, 2018

Update on Iran’s Economy

After experiencing acute economic hardship following a comprehensive set of sanctions imposed against its nuclear program in 2011, Iran’s economy started recovering with the arri

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May 8, 2018

Recap on Turkey’s Mil. Operation in Syria

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May 15, 2018

Iran’s JCPOA woes might be Good for Iraq

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June 13, 2018

Iran: JCPOA Fallout Continued

  After aggressively criticizing the Iran Deal (JCPOA), Trump announced on May 8th America’s withdrawal from it. The JCPOA had been signed in Vienna in 2015 be

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June 26, 2018

Recap on Iraq’s Election

  In May 2018, Iraq held its parliamentary elections to elect the 329 members of the Council of Representatives, which is tasked with electing the Iraqi President and Prime

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July 2, 2018

Turkey’s Elections

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July 22, 2018

Egypt’s Economic Outlook

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August 1, 2018

Tunisia’s Economic Environment

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August 19, 2018

Unrest In Morocco

  Morocco has been rocked by a continuous protest movement since October 2016. It all started when a fish vendor in the northern Rif region was crushed by a garbage truck a

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September 1, 2018

Turkey’s Parties & Military

Since it came to power in a landslide victory in 2002, the AKP has consistently won parliamentary elections up to this date thanks to a number of factors such as improvement in the

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September 14, 2018

Oman’s Economy

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October 15, 2018

Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA)

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November 2, 2018

China and the GCC

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November 13, 2018

Oman and Israel

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December 18, 2018


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December 26, 2018

Israel Cyprus Italy Gas Agreement

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December 29, 2018

Sudan’s Unrest

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January 21, 2019

Turkey in Northern Syria

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February 1, 2019

Iran: Chabahar Port

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February 18, 2019

Iran and UAE: Islands in Dispute

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March 4, 2019

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan

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March 21, 2019

Turkey S-400 Purchase

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April 11, 2019

Turkey in Somalia

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May 1, 2019

Egypt’s Exit from MESA

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May 3, 2019

US Troops in Iraq

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May 26, 2019

Turkey’s S-400

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June 27, 2019

Oman: Balancing Interests & Principles

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July 16, 2019

Sudan Post-Military Coup

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August 1, 2019

Iraq and the PMF

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August 22, 2019

Algeria Protests

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August 31, 2019

Christians in MENA

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October 11, 2019

Protests in Iraq

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October 24, 2019

Operation Peace Spring

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