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International Politics

10 Unexpected but Well-Governed Countries

Everyone knows that the Scandinavian countries have great welfare systems, low levels of corruption and highly responsive governments. Just as everyone knows that Singapore and Hong Kong have incredibly efficient

Latin America Politics

Evo Morales’ Third Term Diminishes Hope for Democracy

As Evo Morales increasing works against his own constitutional amendments, democratic prospects in Bolivia are shrinking. Evo Morales came to power in 2006 as Bolivia’s first indigenous president. During his

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

Latin America Politics

Will Venezuela’s crisis become Brazil’s opportunity?

Will the crisis in Venezuela act as an opportunity for Brazil to re-assert regional leadership and work to assuage fears about Venezuela’s direction? The situation in Venezuela following the election

Europe Politics

Italy’s new government a little too familiar

Although positive moves have been made to reinvigorate Italian politics, look a little closer and remnants of old still remain. At the centre of this is Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Al-Barrak sentence attests to Kuwait’s authoritarian side

The recent jail sentence handed down to a prominent opposition leader in Kuwait reflects an authoritarian trend that may solidify business opportunities in the near future but casts a shadow

Europe Politics

What is the cost of Scottish independence?

Guest blogger Rob Rose writes on currency prospects for Scotland, in the event of a separation from the United Kingdom. On the 18th September 2014 Scottish voters will be able

Latin America Politics

Pacific trade reignites Bolivia-Chile land dispute

As Bolivia notes the TPP’s trade potential, La Paz has raised a 132 year old dispute with Chile; one that could give Bolivia access to the Pacific. In March, Bolivian

Latin America Politics

Reasons for optimism in Venezuela

With Hugo Chavez’s death, there are hopes that the excesses of Chavismo will be rolled back, as Venezuela needs to tackle its systemic economic problems. It is easy to get

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe’s imperfect constitution

Zimbabwe’s new constitution, approved on March 19th, may symbolize a step forward for the nation, but it fails to address the underlying political culture of inefficiency that underpins Zimbabwe’s economy.