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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

International Politics

Snowden in Self-made Passport Limbo

Every once in a while a story arises in the news that requires some theorising to contextualise its importance; Edward Snowden’s story is such an example. Snowden is the (in)famous

Economics International

Globalisation of the Halal Industry

The market for halal products is a fast-growing, interconnected industry of global proportions. There are over 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, making for a sizable consumer base. Meanwhile, the halal market,

International Natural resources and energy

The Case Against Self-Regulation in Extractive Industries

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of international social issues and are demanding more responsible businesses. A model that is often discussed as an example of successful industry regulation is the

International Security

Militarized Multinationals Fill the Gap in State Security

Guest blogger Christopher Jackson writes on how the decline in state security forces is leaving the private sector to provide its own security. Since the 1990s, Immanuel Kant’s perpetual peace thesis,