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North America Politics

Trump’s burn book: NAFTA negotiations will only extend Chinese influence in the Americas

Trump once labelled NAFTA, “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere”. This month, he unveiled the NAFTA negotiating agenda, providing a template for trade negotiations yet to occur with other countries – such as China, Germany, and Japan. With an emphasis on tackling tax systems and removing barriers to the US agriculture and manufacturing industries, Asian negotiators will be watching closely.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Japan reworks its energy policy. Kenya goes to the polls. US and Russia meet at ASEAN summit. Brazil eyes pension reform. All in The Week Ahead.

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Mantras but little substance: The future of the ANC

South Africa’s national policy conference closed with an ANC that has never been as divided as it is now in its 105-year old history.

Asia Pacific Politics

Corruption allegations take center stage in Malaysian general election campaign

The return of Mahathir Mohamad may be a key factor in uniting the opposition and reviving allegations of corruption against current PM Najib Razak.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Russia retaliates against sanctions. Pakistan politics falter. PM Shinzo Abe stabilizes support. India lowers interest rates. All in The Week Ahead.

Asia Pacific Politics

Will the South China Sea dispute mark the downfall of ASEAN?

The South China Sea dispute revolves around territorial claims, and could have a significant impact on the future of ASEAN.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Brazil lowers rates. Trump associates testify. North and South Korea talk. OPEC meets in Russia. All in The Week Ahead.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Eyes on China and US data. The ECB and Bank of Japan talk rates. California votes on cap and trade. Investments in Iran safe for now. All in The Week Ahead.

Latin America Politics

Why is the international community not intervening in Venezuela?

External intervention in Venezuela is not on the table and the international community favours an internal solution, regardless of how difficult it may be.

Asia Pacific Politics

Turbulent twenties: China’s tightening grip on Hong Kong

As the China continues to exert control over the city twenty years on, the future of this financial hub is as uncertain as ever.