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Politics Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Illicit wildlife trafficking is a major political crisis

Wildlife trafficking and poaching are fueling instability, as state authority is undermined, criminal and terrorists funded and corruption entrenched.

Asia Pacific Politics

Manila’s “Duterte Harry”: Should investors be worried?

While investors appear confident in Rodrigo Duterte’s national project will his drug vendetta affect the Philippines’ economic prospects over the long term?

Latin America Security

An olympic challenge in Rio de Janeiro

Brazil’s economic problems could overshadow its Rio Summer Olympics, thereby increasing its political risk.

Latin America Politics

Cuba – A blast from the past for tourists

Walking around Cuban cities gives a sense what street scenes from the 1950’s may have been like with ubiquitous vintage cars, a generally low level of motorization,  few neon signs

North America Security

How El Chapo distracts from Mexico’s main problems

The ‘El Chapo’ capture, it turns out, is not only a morale and political boost for the ailing President Nieto, it is also developing into a public telenovela with an

Economics Latin America

The economic impact of gang violence in El Salvador

High murder rates, gang violence, and regional cartel control all inhibit Salvadorians seeking to start businesses. The violence has also scared off foreign investment in the country. Thirty years ago, during

Economics Latin America

Business is booming in Bogotá

Colombia is fast shedding its image of violence and drug activity. Its capital city is emerging as a friendly place to do business and investors are taking note. Bogotá is

Economics South and Central Asia

Bangalore is not thriving, it is broken

President Obama often evokes the example of Bangalore to motivate the next generation of Americans or to satisfy his protectionist Democratic Party base. To the US, Bangalore is the bustling

Economics International

MINT: the new emerging market acronym

In 2001, Jim O’Neill coined the term “BRIC” (Brazil, Russia, India and China). As the BRICs may face economic slowdown questions arise over what emerging market group will replace them.