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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.

International Politics

How protectionist will the upcoming EU-US trade agreement be?

Will the upcoming EU-US trade agreement follow a protectionist path, or will liberalizing forces push for greater concessions from the pact’s members. “Everything is on the table, […] we should

International Politics

Educational détente in the UK toward Latin America

The United Kingdom’s attempts to charm Latin American trade relationships is hampered by its rigid visa restrictions that alienate foreign students who are key to longer-term investments and much needed short-term

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Oman’s future: What goes up must come down

Oman’s success over the last half century is at risk of slowing down in the coming years. Having made a name for itself as a stable and successful Middle Eastern

Asia Pacific Politics

U.S. policy for Myanmar’s 2015 election

The election that will decide Myanmar’s political future will come in 2015, when 75% of the parliament will be up for grabs. Myanmar’s April 2012 by-elections have been hailed as

Asia Pacific Politics

Malaysia’s looming general election: what it means for the economy

The upcoming elections will, arguably, be the most fiercely contested in the history of Malaysia since independence in 1957. Najib Razak, Malaysia’s Prime Minister (PM) has set the date of

Asia Pacific Politics

One Chinese size fits all? Response to Allison and Blackwill

On January 28th the Financial Times published a piece by Harvard’s Graham Allison and CFR’s Robert Blackwill entitled Beijing still prefers diplomacy over force. This piece makes claims about China’s