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Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Investing in Mali? An in-depth look at Malian political and security risk

Mali has in recent years flipped from being a heralded model of democracy to being mired in civil war. The history of the large, arid country in the western Sahel

Asia Pacific Economics

China’s road to recovery brings emerging market turmoil

Following the decision of China’s government to trim interest rates and adjust the requisites of bank reserves for commercial banks, we are starting to see some improvement from the 20% loss in

Latin America Security

Peru’s Shining Path insurgency reemerges as security threat

On August 9, Peruvian forces captured two top-ranking commanders of the Shining Path Maoist guerrilla, following a series of offensives between the army and the insurgents. The events suggest that the

Economics Latin America

Tax cuts will not save Peru’s mining sector from falling prices

Recently proposed tax cuts demonstrate the Peruvian government’s attempt to deal with slower growth and stagnating foreign investment. Regardless, if mineral prices continue to fall, investment in extractive industries will not maintain the

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Can Burkina Faso’s interim leader salvage investor confidence?

Just a few months ago, KPMG listed Ouagadougou as one of West Africa’s three up-and-coming investment cities. Burkina Faso was seen as a hot new frontier market. But with the

International Natural resources and energy

SEC implements ‘conflict mineral’ rule

The U.S. SEC’s ‘conflict mineral rule’ now requires companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals that originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or an adjoining country. The rule

Finance International

Book Review: Currency Wars

In his 2011 book Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis, James Rickards explains that we are in the third reincarnation of currency wars. He highlights the fact that

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Pressure mounts on Ghana’s government to address imbalances

Deteriorating twin deficits have put pressure on the government to adopt austerity measures. But risks of social unrest and reduced FDI may force authorities to moderate their rebalancing efforts. Although

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Peru’s informal mining sector threatens economic growth

Peru faces the critical challenge of regulating the informal mining sector. Leaning on the extractive industries for private investment, the rise of an extrajudicial gold rush could jeopardize economic progress. Much