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Asia Pacific Finance

Money talks: China’s purse strings direct Pakistan’s war on terror

China is being lauded as Pakistan’s new partner, in the fight against regional terrorism, by offering soft loans in the interests of securing the China-Pakistan corridor.

North America

Defunding the arts: Trump’s rhetoric of fiscal responsibility

The 2018 budget proposal, which advises to do away with agencies such as the NEA and NEH, could be met by growing bipartisan opposition.

Economics International

An aging global population and its economic implications

Nations will have to make many changes or face slower economic growth and increased social costs to deal with aging populations.

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Obama heads to Cuba, Argentina. Rouseff saga continues. Fed bankers speak following dovish meetings. Canadian PM Trudeau releases first budget. All in the Weekly Risk Outlook. President Obama travels to Cuba and

Asia Pacific Security

How China is reforming its military

After months of discussion, President Xi has finally launched the expected reform of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), saluted as one of the most radical and at the same time

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Saudi Arabia’s deficit problem

Recently, Saudi Arabia’s public deficit has reached unusually high levels for the Kingdom. In an economy where oil revenues account for 90 percent of government revenues, the slump in oil

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Greeks reject EU terms in referendum. Key issues still unresolved as extended deadline with Iran approaches. EIA releases energy forecast. UK Chancellor Osborne releases budget. BRICS summit in Russia will test

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

OPEC ‘no-cut’ decision adds to Middle East divide

OPEC’s recent decision to not to cut oil production and instead maintain low prices is having a ripple effect across the Middle East. While countries with rich oil reserves are

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Opinion: The economic case for a unified Iraq

With ethno-sectarian tensions at a high, observers, stakeholders, and policymakers of Iraq are calling increasingly for a break-up of the country along ethnic and sectarian lines. But a break-up would be

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Pipeline to Turkey intensifies dispute over Iraqi oil

Tension between the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraqi central government once again escalated as a new pipeline links oil fields in Northern Iraq directly to Turkey. Turkey has