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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

Finance International

Prediction Markets may Revolutionise Business Forecasting

Prediction markets are a type of financial market (also known as information markets or event futures), in which participants trade in contracts whose payoffs depend on unknown future events. Of course,

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

International Politics

Op-Ed: Don’t Boycott the Games

“Don’t boycott the Games.” This sentiment can be heard from several sides of the debate regarding Putin’s ban on homosexual athletes competing in Sochi at the Winter Olympics in 2014.

Economics International

The World Vanilla Market is Anything but Vanilla

Vanilla strikes most consumers as a rather standard commodity. However, the story of how vanilla makes it from the farm to your ice cream cone is a complex mess. Vanilla

International Natural resources and energy

The Real Reason High Oil Prices Lead to Instability

Businesses rarely gain from political instability so trying to predict unrest is a critical activity for any entity investing in a volatile corner of the world. One of the factors

International Natural resources and energy

Shale Oil Changes International Energy Trade

At the onset of the global financial crisis in the summer of 2008, with oil prices hitting $147 per barrel, no political or energy analyst considered shale oil as an

International Natural resources and energy

Nuclear Power Opportunities Move East

A birds-eye look at the nuclear power industry in 2013 reveals a depressing picture. Early in the 2000s, thanks to a combination of rising fossil fuel prices and a lack