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Economics International

Automotive battle revs up between Russia and the EU

The European Union (EU) is pressing the World Trade Organization (WTO) to take action in the first official complaint against Russia since the country joined the WTO in August 2012.

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

Finance International

Brazil and Turkey: The Party is Over

The world held its breath on September 18th. Would Ben Bernanke taper? Investors around the globe breathed a sigh of relief when he postponed slowing down the Fed’s bond buying

International Natural resources and energy

Risky Business: Addressing Agriculture Supply Chains

A study published in 2011 by The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City stated: Strong global food demand and robust biofuels markets have strained the current production capabilities of global

International Security

How Al Qaeda is Losing the Battle for Hearts and Minds

With the death of Omar Hammami, an Alabama-born Somali militant, Al Qaeda recruitment efforts in the West are a diminishing security threat. On September 12th, Omar Hammami, an Alabama-born al-Shabaab

Finance International

A Secret for Success: Understanding Risk Management

If the state of risk analysis could stand some improvement, what does that say about risk management?  The point is, flawed risk analysis leads to poor risk management: garbage in,

International Politics

Kurdish peace process key to Turkey’s energy security

The fate of the Kurdish peace process will influence how Ankara interacts with the Kurdish populations of other countries, and may affect Turkey’s ability to procure much needed Kurdish oil.

International Natural resources and energy

China Moves on Arctic Resource Potential

China hopes to utilize its growing economic clout and new Arctic council observer status to push for greater polar influence. This year, the Arctic Council admitted six new nations as

Europe International

Why Companies Need Political Risk Analysis

Risk analysis is a fundamental, often underestimated, strategic function of business management. It can be as basic as a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis—COWS in British business vernacular, using

Economics International

SCO Showcases Chinese Investment in Central Asia

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was intended to be an influential Eurasian organization that would improve both economic and security ties among members. Instead, it has become a symbolically powerful