As India’s vast general election draws to a close, Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, is in the lead. Two opposing camps of commentators have emerged: one touting the would-be prime minister’s economic successes, and one claiming that he is a divisive Hindu nationalist.

At the heart of the latter claim are the communal riots that took place in Gujarat in 2002, soon after Modi took office as chief minister of the state. A report published this month by Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic dissects the events that have done such damage to Modi’s international image. Read more

Political turmoil in Tunisia has struck a heavy blow to the country’s economy. The assassination of opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi last Thursday and the killing of eight soldiers by militants near the Algerian border on Monday have shaken investors’ nerves once again. Read more

Political unrest has caused divergent company performance in the region, writes Camilla Hall. Bahraini company earnings dropped the most in the Gulf in the third quarter while companies in the United Arab Emirates outperformed their regional peers. Read more