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Asia Pacific Security

Strategic implications of President Obama’s trip to Vietnam

President Obama’s Vietnam visit will increase economic and security cooperation.

Economics Latin America

US watches as Cuba and Russia strengthen economic ties

The last few weeks have seen marked escalations of business ties between Russia and Cuba. The US is watching this very closely. What can we expect, diplomatically and economically, as

Economics Europe

Burning flowers and destroying food, Putin risks domestic backlash

The latest tit-for-tat moves between Russia and the EU over the conflict in Ukraine hit Russian consumers already struggling with high inflation. It marks the continued souring of relations between

Economics Latin America

The Cuban economy: not yet open for business

Decisive gestures of reconciliation after a half century of tension between the US and Cuba were at the spotlight of the VII Summit of the Americas held in Panama City

North America Politics

US-Cuba thaw has a long road ahead

President Obama’s decision to re-establish relations with Cuba this week will yield a short-term uptick in bilateral trade, but realization of long-term investment opportunities remain some ways off. Wednesday’s bombshell that

Economics Europe

Self-imposed food embargo hurts Russian consumers

The ban on European and American food imports to Russia may not be as beneficial for Russian companies as President Putin hopes. Many of them are dependent on imports of raw materials, and

Europe Politics

Norway woos China by refusing to meet with Dalai Lama

Norwegian-Chinese relations suffered when the Nobel Peace Prize was handed to the Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo. Now the government tries to normalize relations by refusing to meet with the Dalai Lama. As a small