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Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Madagascar seeks tourism renaissance to boost economy

After five years of political crisis, Madagascar’s economy remains sluggish. The government is hoping to restart the economy by boosting tourism and private investments. With important natural resources and rich

Asia Pacific Economics

Asian demographic trends a threat to growth

A number of emerging Asian countries enter a demographic dividend phase, associated with high savings, investments and growth. However, aging in Asia is occurring at a faster rate than has happened

Economics South and Central Asia

Tamil Nadu awaits economic boost from investment

The southern state of Tamil Nadu, traditionally one of India’s strongest economic performers, had a trying year in 2013. New infrastructure projects and greater government transparency could generate significant economic

Economics North America

Op-Ed: Canada’s Shift to Northern ‘Development’

Investigate Canada’s shift towards ‘Northern Development’ under the Conservative government of Stephen Harper and what it means for the North. My July 13 GRI article, Effects of Liberal Economics on

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe Remains Calm Despite Election Fraud Allegations

The 31 July presidential election in Zimbabwe pitted Robert Mugabe, the African country’s president for 33 years, against his long-time political rival Morgan Tsvangirai in a contest that, according to

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Obama’s “Power Africa” Strategy Neglects Africans

In June 2013, US President Barack Obama visited Africa for the second time in his presidency. The first visit to Ghana, in 2008, lasted a mere 20 hours. This trip,

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Nile Dilemma Between Development and Water Security

Over the last few weeks, the waves of dispute have been disturbing the otherwise calm waters of the Nile river. Ethiopia, one of the source countries of the river, has

Security South and Central Asia

India’s Naxal guerrilla groups threaten regional stability

Guerrilla groups in India benefit from local anger over the lack of regional development, thus allowing militants to launch raids and spread instability. On May 25th, Naxals – rebels belonging

Finance South and Central Asia

Lack of regulation limits Afghan gem mining

The lack of clear industry rules is hampering the growth of Afghanistan’s mining sector. Blessed with mineral wealth, Kabul remains unable to utilize it. Afghanistan lacks the major gas and

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Tensions with Iran prevent economic cooperation in Afghanistan

Western tensions with, and sanctions against, Iran prevent cooperation which could promote an economically stable Afghanistan. Several months ago, reports surfaced indicating that the United States was unknowingly buying mixed,