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North America Technology and infrastructure

Opinion: 4 reasons why digital regulation is difficult

The US Supreme Court’s recent ruling against Aereo, an online television broadcaster, showed how much governments continue to struggle with regulating the internet.  When the US Supreme Court struck a major blow

North America Politics

Why a GOP takeover of the US Senate will not cause political deadlock

Republican control of the Senate, which would make Senator Mitch McConnell the new Majority Leader, may have practical policy impacts, some of which will be of great interest to global investors.

Economics North America

Billions at stake for U.S. retailers in online sales tax debate

Lobbying efforts by brick-and-mortar stores to charge online sales tax could be a big blow to the e-retailer Amazon. One of the key advantages of Amazon.com’s business model is being

Economics North America

Yellen’s first statements chart clear path for Federal Reserve

The new Fed Chairwoman made clear to Congress that her Fed will focus on improving the labor market and being straightforward in its messaging. In her first major appearance since becoming

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

Politics South and Central Asia

5 key takeaways from state elections in India

On December 8, 2013 citizens of India voted in state elections in five states: Delhi, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Mizoram. Here are 5 insights into what elections might mean.

North America Politics

U.S. Congress has a budget deal, but more uncertainty lies ahead

Despite the successful Ryan-Murray budgetary agreement, another U.S. Debt Ceiling Debate Looms on the Horizon. A compromise brokered by Republican Representative Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray is poised

North America Politics

Taking the debt ceiling to the brink

With the House of Representatives having passed a bill Wednesday night putting an end to the government shutdown, let’s take a look at the factors that contributed to the political

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Why the US should invest in Iran

As the US and Iran move towards rapprochement, Iran has the potential to become an exciting investment climate and place to park money in the near future. Necessity makes strange

Economics North America

US Shutdown Warm-up to Debt Ceiling Negotiations?

The Economist gave a blistering verdict on the political impasse in Congress today: “Once a stalwart of good governance, America looks like a rodeo clown”. How has it come to