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Asia Pacific Politics

Fukushima amplifies Japanese energy import dependence

The Fukushima disaster demonstrates Japan’s reliance on energy imports as Tokyo shuts down its reactors and spends billions on stop-gap energy production. When Typhoon Wipha flooded Japan with heavy rains last

Politics South and Central Asia

Autocracy in Azerbaijan threatens long-term investment

Despite enjoying rich energy resources with which to tempt FDI, Azerbaijan’s autocratic political climate remains a long-term liability to said investment. In Azerbaijan, foreign investment opportunities and geopolitical considerations take

North America Politics

Why US business cannot afford to ignore unbalanced politics

The US government shutdown revealed that big business may have responsibilities to a functioning political system. After a three-week debacle, the greatest loser is neither a political party nor the

Latin America Politics

Venezuela’s President Maduro seeks greater autonomy

After six months as president, Hugo Chávez’s handpicked successor, Nicolás Maduro, has made an official request to parliament to rule by decree. The President has spoken out against the corruption

North America Politics

Taking the debt ceiling to the brink

With the House of Representatives having passed a bill Wednesday night putting an end to the government shutdown, let’s take a look at the factors that contributed to the political

International Politics

Are rights abuses behind Gambia’s Commonwealth exit?

Gambia’s exit from the Commonwealth has – Gambia’s accusation of neo-colonialism aside – raised question as to whether rights abuses drove Gambia to exit. Last week, the Gambia withdrew from

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Is Sudan the next Arab Spring hot spot?

With its neighbors roiled in the messy aftermath of the Arab Spring, some have expressed hope that Sudan will be the next chip to fall to popular revolution. The most

North America Politics

Why the US Shutdown May Actually Mean Bigger Government

It sounds like the kind of lofty thought experiment that academics would ponder: What happens if the U.S. government shuts down? The event is full of paradoxes. On the one

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Is Muslim Brotherhood Ban a Return to Oppression?

As Egypt’s interim government moves to ban the Muslim Brotherhood, questions are emerging as to whether calls for freedom in Tahrir Square are backsliding? On the 23rd of September, after the socialist

Europe Politics

Spain and Britain Renew Dispute over Gibraltar

The UK has called in EU officials to Gibraltar to look into Spain’s heightened border controls in the area; in possible violation of EU free movement rules. The centuries-long dispute