International Business Reacts to Mid-East Protests

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bahraini anti-government protesters gather at Pearl Square in Manama for a demonstration calling for a regime change on February 16, 2011. (Joseph Eid/AFP//Getty)

Bahrain’s capital city Manama is under military control as the nation tries to clamp down on the popular demonstrations that have swept across Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and elsewhere. The country's protestors may or may not be successful in building a democratic government, but one thing is for sure: civil unrest is not good for business. Just two weeks before Formula One teams are scheduled to arrive for winter testing on the Bahrain International Circuit, the 2011 Gulf Air Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix is in doubt. Sports are in many ways the least of the region's worries, but will bad business play a role in the unrest? 

For a look at some of the other foreign investments that are in jeopardy, we speak to BBC News Correspondent Gordon Farquhar and Reuters Global Editor-At-Large Chrystia Freeland.


Gordon Farquhar and Chrystia Freeland

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Hsi-Chang Lin

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