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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

Food Insecurity Heats Up With Rising Temperatures By Afshin Molavi - Aug 31, 2022

To understand the globalized nature of our food system, look no further than your morning cup of coffee. That jolt of caffeine comes to your table via an elaborate network of some 25 million coffee farmers from Brazil to Vietnam linked to the world by a far-flung supply chain of traders, roasters, financiers, shippers, grocery stores, cafes, … Continue reading “Food Insecurity Heats Up With Rising Temperatures”

Connectivity, Not Oil, Will Drive the Middle East’s Future By Afshin Molavi - Jul 15, 2022

On the very day that US President Joe Biden lands in Saudi Arabia this month, nearly 200,000 containers will be making their way to ports from Tangier to Dubai, hundreds of thousands of airline passengers will transit through the region’s airports, millions of dollars in remittances will be flowing from the region to the developing world, and countless American companies will be selling their … Continue reading “Connectivity, Not Oil, Will Drive the Middle East’s Future”

Fall of Kabul: Like Trump, Biden Has an ‘America First’ Streak. It Led to the Disaster in Afghanistan By Afshin Molavi - Aug 25, 2021

There is an oft-quoted statement from a Taliban fighter: “You Americans have the watches, but we have the time.” Many are resurrecting that quote amid an unfolding disaster in Afghanistan precipitated by a hasty, poorly planned and strategically myopic withdrawal of US forces by Joe Biden. It was as if the president was looking down, … Continue reading “Fall of Kabul: Like Trump, Biden Has an ‘America First’ Streak. It Led to the Disaster in Afghanistan”

Global Economic Recovery Should Top Biden’s ‘America is Back’ Agenda By Afshin Molavi - Jan 19, 2021

“Everyone has a plan,” the celebrated American boxer Mike Tyson once famously quipped. “Until you get punched in the face,” he continued. The Covid-19 pandemic has been a massive punch to our world, leaving nearly 2 million dead, some 500 million jobless and a devastating toll of rising poverty, business bankruptcy and social unrest. It’s … Continue reading “Global Economic Recovery Should Top Biden’s ‘America is Back’ Agenda”