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February 2016

by Executive Editors

EDITORIAL

Worse than weapons

LEADERS

Financial literacy
A collective responsibility

Drug policy
The case for decriminalization

Ethics in finance
Managing wealth responsibly

COVER STORY

Shark hunt
Central bank steps in to regulate non-bank lenders

Explainer: toward ethical lending
Information is the best protection a borrower can have

Q&A: Georges Jabbour

ECONOMY & POLICY

Lebanon’s Captagon boom
Getting high off of local supply

The case for rehabilitation and treatment of drug users

BANKING & FINANCE

Private banking: crash course on markets
Volatility will rule in 2016

Ethics in private banking

New EIP fund
New fund promises to do right by MENA countries

COMPANIES & STRATEGIES

Loto Libanais: luck of the winners
Lotto operator seeks to enhance its market

Comment: Microsoft
The lessons on statebuilding I learned at Microsoft

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Startup ecosystem: talent takes the stage
Entrepreneurs are showcasing their products as 331 takes hold

HOSPITALITY & TOURISM

Spirits importation: toasting a good year
The performance and challenges of the Lebanese spirits industry in 2015

Spirits marketing: selling responsibly
Lebanese spirits distributors talk marketing strategies and techniques

LAST WORD

The role of the private sector in the Syrian crisis
The ICRC calls for innovative solutions, not just humanitarian aid