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Europe Politics

Stagnation fuels Bosnia protests

Since the beginning of February, demonstrations and riots in Bosnia & Herzegovina against the political and economic stagnation of the state have broken out throughout the country. The catalyst for the

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Sustainability fears drive water pipeline in the Gulf

Representatives from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states met recently in Kuwait to discuss the construction of a new pipeline in the region. At a projected cost of $10.5 billion for

Europe Politics

Is the Vilnius Summit an Eastern Partnership pre-mortem?

While news of the Vilnius Summit failure last week was dominated by coverage of the Ukraine’s decision to freeze negotiations with the EU, the Summit has also called into question

Economics South and Central Asia

IMF forecasts Russian economic slowdown

Questions arise over the long-term viability of the Russian economy after the IMF downgrading of Russia’s GDP forecast from an estimated 2.5 to 1.5 percent in 2013 and 3.25 to

Europe Politics

Turkey’s EU membership inches forward

After a three and a half year hiatus, negotiations with Turkey on its accession into the European Union will reopen. Negotiations with Turkey were supposed to occur in June of

Europe Technology and infrastructure

UK’s High Speed Rail 2 unlikely to boost growth by itself

It has not been a good month for High Speed Rail 2 (HS-2). The proposed upgrade to transport infrastructure that would connect London to Birmingham with a high-speed line running

International Politics

Are rights abuses behind Gambia’s Commonwealth exit?

Gambia’s exit from the Commonwealth has – Gambia’s accusation of neo-colonialism aside – raised question as to whether rights abuses drove Gambia to exit. Last week, the Gambia withdrew from

Economics North America

US Shutdown Warm-up to Debt Ceiling Negotiations?

The Economist gave a blistering verdict on the political impasse in Congress today: “Once a stalwart of good governance, America looks like a rodeo clown”. How has it come to

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Syria’s Civil War Has Environmental Origins

The environmental causes of Syria’s civil war are often overlooked by commentary on the conflict: join GRI as we dive into the issue. In the middle of a bloody conflict,

International Politics

Op-Ed: Boycott the Games

“If all GB athletes wore rainbow flags and Cameron turned up to the Kremlin with a rainbow tie, then that would be great,” said Anna Grigoryeva, 24, a Cambridge student