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Asia Pacific Outlook for 2017 Politics

2017 Preview: A new red star over China – Part 2: China and the world

Part two of a two-part look at what is in store for China in 2017. China’s catch-22 – being a ‘responsible stakeholder’, while tending towards isolation.

Economics Europe

Burying TTIP: Why a rapid deal is improbable

The current political cycles in the US and the EU associated with popular opposition to the deal increase the risk of a blockage of TTIP negotiations.

Asia Pacific Economics

The implications of Sino-US trade tensions

Hostility is building up between the US and China over trade policy, particularly with regards to Chinese steel exports.

Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

Economic and environmental impacts of the WTO ruling on India’s solar program

The WTO ruled against India on its National Solar Mission, arguing that its domestic contents requirement discriminates against U.S. solar panels. Since 2013, India and the United States have been

North America Politics

Trump vs. Clinton: Policy Implications for Economics and Markets

With the Iowa caucuses less than 30 days away, presidential campaigns are in full swing. Judging by the poll numbers, Donald Trump, a Republican, and Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, are

Asia Pacific Economics

Shared challenges key to Indonesia-Malaysia cooperation

Indonesia and Malaysia’s post-decolonization relations have been consistently afflicted by political disputes and tension, despite their close proximity and similar historical and linguistic features. As the political and economic dynamics

Asia Pacific Politics

Jokowi’s cabinet shake-up offers hope but little growth impact

Jokowi’s revamped cabinet features experienced technocrats appointed to boost the largest economy in Southeast Asia. Domestic business insiders welcomed the cabinet reshuffle, but remain cautious as they wait for better

Asia Pacific Economics

Is Japans structural reform blocked by vested interests?

Abe’s recent re-election will bring continued commitment to reform and economic restructuring. However, domestic interest groups and economic stagnation continues to pose serious challenges. Japan is the world’s third largest

Economics International

EU seal case adds new protectionism to WTO

The WTO’s public morality exemption has seldom been employed. However, a recent successful challenge has changed that and may herald a litany of trade restrictions in the near future. Goods,

Latin America Politics

Six Policy Areas for Brazil to Address

Protests have recently erupted throughout Brazil, drawing over 250,000 people expressing their grievances towards the government and illustrating both the perils of a growing middle class during an economic slowdown