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North America Politics

5 takeaways from the US court ruling against net neutrality

What should we make of a federal court’s shooting down the FCC’s net neutrality regulations? A US federal court recently ruled that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2010 regulations enforcing

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Relations between Iran and UAE begin to improve

The interim deal with Iran could prove an economic boon to the UAE. Close trade relations plus the growing congruence of diplomatic opinion between the U.S., the UAE’s most important

Latin America Politics

Brazil embraces immigration reform

Brazil has announced plans for a streamlined work visa application for skilled foreign workers, which should help fill its current skilled labor shortage. 2013 brought plenty of difficulties for Brazil.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

High unemployment forces Tunisians into smuggling

With a new constitution hailed as the most liberal in the Arab world, Tunisia seems to be on a path to democracy. Staggering unemployment and economic woes, however, have led to

North America Politics

U.S. Congress allows R&D tax credit to expire

If the credit is extended sometime in 2014 it may not affect companies’ research departments, but it still will throw uncertainty into earnings reports and tax management. On January 1,

Politics South and Central Asia

Resumed trade means hope for India-Pakistan relations

Guest analyst Dr. Kiran Hassan discusses the strained trade relations India and Pakistan have endured since the partition. India’s scheduled elections later this year and thawing political relations could help

Politics South and Central Asia

Business boom for Turkish contractors in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan’s openness to Turkish investment grows with an increasing number of construction contracts. The Turkish press published reports in December 2013 detailing new projects to be undertaken by the Turkish

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

South Sudan risk threatens FDI

Embroiled in conflict, South Sudan’s presents an high-risk investment environment. The conflict threatens FDI in its oil industry and its overall economic development. The end of 2013 saw growing conflict within

Asia Pacific Politics

Cambodia protests highlight deeper corruption issues

Recent surveys have ranked Cambodia highly on the corruption index and low on investor attractiveness within the ASEAN region. The recent spate of protests are reinforcing the obstacles that Cambodia

Asia Pacific Politics

Abe’s Yasakuni trip was a successful political gamble

The visit of Japanese prime minister Abe to the Yasakuni Shrine fueled tensions between Japan and its neighbors, drawing harsh rebuke for the glorification of militarism and a lack of