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Economics North America

The Myth of the U.S as Petrostate

Guest blogger Christopher Jackson argues that the U.S. will not achieve an export boost from shale gas, as domestic demand is rising faster than production. Christopher is an expert on

North America Politics South and Central Asia

Flourishing US-Russia economic ties over political rifts?

The U.S and Russia are pursuing economic ties as Moscow finally joins the WTO and political rifts are put aside. Last year, following eighteen years of harsh negotiations, Russia finally

Natural resources and energy North America

Canada’s Tar Sand Foreign Policy Stifles Manufacturing

Canada’s  over-reliance on raw commodity exports, notably the tar sands, has weakened its economy and stifled a struggling manufacturing sector. In the past few years Canada’s foreign policy has shifted

Economics North America

Global imbalances put pressure on the Dollar

Trade imbalances put the Dollar at risk, at state of affairs that is overdue for a correction, as China matures and the U.S reins in consumption. Perhaps the most fundamental

Economics North America

Mexico at emerging markets’ frontier

Mexico is undergoing dramatic changes with long term benefits for its citizens and the global community; placing Mexico as a leader among emerging markets. Kidnappings. Heinous torture and brutal beheadings.

Finance North America

Bitcoin: Scam or viable currency alternative?

There is a sense in which the entire Bitcoin debate is profoundly unsettling, highlighting the fact that most currencies today are just like it – fictional, fiat money, printed and

North America Technology and infrastructure

The road to fiber optic Internet

These days, it is hard to turn on a computer without hearing something about fiber optic Internet access, but without any context, it can be difficult to separate rhetoric from

Economics North America

Extend the exorbitant privilege: Why the Dollar is here to stay

Despite potential challenges from the euro, yen, and yuan, the Dollar remains the world’s reserve currency of choice. The last decade has given rise to much discussion about the role

Finance North America

Strategic foreign aid in the ‘Age of Sequestration’

The Age of Sequestration has seen rising public and governmental concern about the ineffectiveness of foreign aid. Articles like U.S. Move to Give Egypt $450 Million in Aid Meets Resistance

Economics North America

Why the U.S economy may surprise in the medium term

With interest rates at record lows and zero political appetite for more fiscal stimulus, it is difficult to find feasible steps the Obama Administration can pursue to inflate the American