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North America Politics

Merrick Garland may never serve on the Supreme Court

On March 16, President Obama nominated Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Merrick Garland, to replace conservative associate justice, Antonin Scalia, to the Supreme

Economics Latin America

Latin American Domestic Politics Could Hamper TPP

While various Latin American nations have expressed support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), internal political turmoil and scandals in various nations threaten to undermine trans-regional efforts at trade liberalization. Much

Economics International

U.S. Congress poised to move forward on trade policy

For the United States to successfully conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Congress must first pass trade promotion authority. It is increasingly poised to do so. Seven years ago, the United

North America Politics

Will Obama’s State of the Union proposals survive Congress?

Last night, President Obama delivered his 2015 State of the Union Address to a special joint session of Congress covering swathes of domestic and foreign policy issues. The important question,

North America Politics

Industry interests could pave a rocky political path for US-Cuba relations

The thaw in tensions between the United States and Cuba will likely be hamstrung by U.S. domestic politics. However, pressures from major interest groups that would stand to benefit from closer

Politics South and Central Asia

GRI’s 2014 Person of the Year in political risk

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is GRI’s 2014 Person of the Year in political risk. Much like Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become

Latin America Politics

US-Cuba thaw stepping stone to expanded Latin America trade

Given the shift in U.S.-Cuba relations, the April 2015 Summit of the Americas may serve as a significant stepping stone to expanded trade relations between the United States and several Latin American

Europe Natural resources and energy

Will the political will for energy reform in Eastern Europe last?

Russia’s actions in Ukraine and strained political relations with the EU has put energy security high on the agenda. Recent moves by several of Eastern European states suggest that the political will

Finance International

More emerging economies enter bond markets

Countries across Africa and Latin America have expressed a desire to begin or expand the sale of government bonds. Markets seem willing to take them up on their offer. Interest in the

North America Politics

Midterm Series: How the elections will affect US trade policies

A Republican Senate could drag out negotiations between the United States and EU, and between the United States and Pacific Rim countries, for at least the next 2 years. This