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Economics Middle East/North Africa

Qatar Pursues Water and Food Security

The 2013 Arab Competitiveness Report produced by the World Economic Forum ranked Qatar as the most competitive Arab nation and the 11th most competitive country in the world. This listing

Asia Pacific Economics

Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Boost Abenomics

Today’s global economy is increasingly focused on Asia, and rightfully so. According to the IMF, in 2013 Asia will lead the world in economic growth by expanding 5.7 percent overall

Asia Pacific Economics

China’s Space Launch Signals Commercial Desires

The recent news that the People’s Republic of China has launched its fifth manned space mission – during which three astronauts will spend fifteen days in space, including twelve days

Economics South and Central Asia

Tajikistan vulnerable due to remittance dependence

Tajikistan is possibly the most remittance-reliant country in the world, thanks in large part to the more than one million Tajiks who have migrated from the poorest nation in the

Economics Latin America

Bill breaks Mexico’s telecom monopoly

Mexico’s Carlos Slim is no longer the world’s richest man. For the last four years, the billionaire and telecommunications mogul held claim to the distinction only to lose it in

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Peace and prosperity in Palestine via private investment

World leaders seek to promote $4 billion in private investment in Palestine – an effort which if successful, could boost GDP by 50% and sink unemployment. The World Economic Forum

Asia Pacific Economics

Chinese Lessons for Myanmar’s Gold Rush

China’s long-standing relationship with Myanmar offers lessons for newer investors seeking to capitalize on the country’s nascent opening. The United States has shifted its policy toward Myanmar over the past

Economics South and Central Asia

Uzbekistan’s Search for Trade Partners

Uzbekistan’s increasing diversity in trading partners points to a decline in traditional Central Asian economic reliance on Russia and indicates the possibility of increased interdependence between the countries of Central

Economics Europe

Ukraine Could Become Europe’s Next Energy Hub

As Ukraine seeks to become an energy hub in Europe, Kiev’s ambitious energy plans still face various hurdles. During recent meetings between the EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger and Ukraine’s