This is the first of a two-part analysis on what is in store for China in 2017. It explores China’s catch-22 — the fact that it is further integrating itself internationally and becoming a ‘responsible stakeholder’, while concomitantly showing signs of turning inwards and becoming isolationist.
Wildlife trafficking and poaching are fueling instability, as state authority is undermined, criminal and terrorists funded and corruption entrenched.
Nanjing has begun a land lottery to decide winners among competing bids from housing developers. Will this game of chance reduce or increase corruption?
If Mexico’s new anti-corruption legislation is to have substance, President Peña Nieto must effectuate the law, starting with three corrupt governors.
Since an armed group took over a police station on July 17th – taking the officers inside hostage – there has been substantial political unrest in Armenia. The hostage taking has spurred protests across the country; however the direction that this frustration is taking is more than unclear.
The government of Peter O’Neill is besieged by a wave of civil disobedience, as calls for his resignation have destabilized the country.
Laos’ new leader Thangloun Sisoulith is banking on regional integration and economic diversification, as Laos chairs ASEAN in 2016.
South Africa is suffering from a wave of violence that highlights widespread dissatisfaction in the country’s leadership and their economic stewardship.