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Latin America Politics

Suriname-Netherlands row downplays economic progress

The Surinamese government recently partnered with Spanish energy firm CEPSA and became a full voting member of the Caribbean Development Bank. However, the Dutch denouncement of the Surinamese executive branch

Europe Politics

Book Review: Can Russia Modernize?

As Russia continues into its second decade under Putin’s leadership, and questions of his successor are swirling, the question of how Russia has been governed under Putin’s network has become

Europe Politics

Is the Vilnius Summit an Eastern Partnership pre-mortem?

While news of the Vilnius Summit failure last week was dominated by coverage of the Ukraine’s decision to freeze negotiations with the EU, the Summit has also called into question

Asia Pacific Politics

Japan’s electricity sector reform passed in wake of Fukushima

Shinzo Abe has overcome his first obstacle in liberalizing Japan’s electricity sector by securing passage of a key piece of legislation. Yet, whether this reform can reach its goals is

International Politics

Ukraine’s EU rejection harmful to business environment

Ukraine’s regrettable choice of rejecting the EU Association Agreement could prove particularly harmful for the country’s business environment and future economic development. Ukraine’s back-pedalling is putting a stop to what

Middle East/North Africa Politics

7 spoilers to look for after Saudi migrant labour reforms

After decades of relying on migrant labour for most menial labour positions throughout the economy, the Saudi government is cracking down on illegal migrant workers. However, several problems may jeopardise the positive

Latin America Politics

FARC negotiations give Colombia opportunity to fight corruption

Lower levels of corruption in Colombia may help attract foreign direct investment. The government has an opportunity to improve the investment environment during negotiations with FARC. As it becomes clear

Latin America Politics

President Maduro focuses on elections, not economy

President Nicolas Maduro has gained special powers to fight Venezuela’s economic woes. However, things are unlikely to improve under the tense political atmosphere. On November 19th, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Europe Politics

Anti-corruption protests continue in Bulgaria

For the past six months, tens of thousands of Bulgarians have taken to the streets of Sofia to call for a radical fight against corruption, organised crime and local oligarchy.

North America Politics

TPP delayed as US auto makers push for currency clause

As the year’s end deadline for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal nears, US lawmakers press to include a provision on currency manipulation – in part to support US automakers. Including