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Asia Pacific Economics

The Great Firewall takes on VPNs

China’s Security Council seems bent on expanding internet restrictions nationwide. Following new legislation in June this year, the crackdown has been swift: even major firms such as Apple and Whatsapp are on the chopping block. The recent banning of VPN services has huge implications for multinationals and the foreign employees that they hire.

Economics Europe

Italy’s banking dilemma: Improving, but still needing help

Italy’s banking industry has gone through a recent rough period. But with an infusion of new funds and a call for much needed reforms, there may be a chance that there will be improvement.

Asia Pacific Economics

Significant Barriers Remain for Asia’s RCEP deal

India’s commerce secretary claims “enough political will [exists] to expedite the conclusion” of RCEP. Yet many barriers, both economic & political remain.

Asia Pacific Economics

Will Japan’s points-based immigration system shake up HRM practices?

The question remains whether improved access to permanent residency for highly-skilled foreigners will change Japan’s human resource management (HRM) norms.

Economics International

Universal basic income: Can it work?

The fear of rising unemployment has many economists and policymakers worried how a displaced labor force will survive on income alone.

Economics North America

How can US businesses and investors track improvement of the business climate in Cuba?

The tightening of US policy toward Cuba limits business opportunities, but falls well short of a reversal of the historic opening with Cuba in 2015.

Asia Pacific Economics

Whose line is it anyway? The growing threat of China’s maritime presence

China’s increasing military and maritime presence in Djibouti is causing a stir, as its search for resources puts pressure on political stability globally.

Asia Pacific Economics

The Japan-EU Trade Agreement: Pushing back against protectionism

Japan and the EU have agreed to a trade deal that will eliminate the vast majority of both tariff and non-tariff barriers.

Economics North America

The path to future trade relations between the United States and Cuba

In late 2014, President Obama reopened diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than a fifty year freeze and authorized a broader array of travel and business activities with the island.

Economics Latin America

Will a peace agreement boost the Colombian economy?

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)’s insurgency has slowed down Colombia’s potential for economic growth for decades.