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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.

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.

North America Security

Trump’s nuclear modernization dilemma

The Trump administration’s ambition to expand US nuclear capabilities marks a radical shift away from the prevailing rationale during the Obama era. This change of paradigm could give rise to

North America Politics

The unions’ dilemma in the US: Membership vs leadership

America’s unions and its leadership have been divided for some time and it has resulted in the election of a president who has furthered the division.

North America

Reactions of American automotive OEMs threaten US trade deficit and jobs

The hottest of issues on the (negotiation) table when it comes to NAFTA is automotive, the largest source of trade deficit for the US.

Economics North America

The potentially problematic nature of Trump’s tax plan

Upon closer examination of Trump’s recently released tax proposal, certain groups will benefit, while others may suffer economic harm.

Economics North America

NAFTA renegotiation: exercise in protectionism or opportunity for modernization?

President Trump will pursue the renegotiation of the NAFTA agreement, triggering potential opportunities and leading to renewed risks

Economics North America

Can Puerto Rico escape disaster?

Puerto Rico’s debt saga now heads to federal court, where the struggle between Puerto Rico and its creditors will be decided.

North America Outlook for 2017 Technology and infrastructure

Can Trump’s infrastructure plan work?

President Trump campaigned on fixing America’s infrastructure so that it would be “second to none.” However, upon closer examination of the details, there are financial problems with his plan in

North America Outlook for 2017

Defunding the arts: Trump’s rhetoric of fiscal responsibility

The 2018 budget proposal, which advises to do away with agencies such as the NEA and NEH, could be met by growing bipartisan opposition.