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2016 in Review Middle East/North Africa Security

Trends of 2016: Despite a neighborhood on fire, Jordan remains stable

As the media focuses on the many crises in the Middle East, Jordan’s capacity to endure the instability next door is noteworthy. Yet the Hashemite Kingdom faces tough challenges at home and abroad that make its future precarious.

Asia Pacific Economics

Political risks rock China’s tourism industry

From South Korea to Thailand, political risks will continue to significantly impact China’s tourism sector in the coming weeks.

Latin America Politics

Can SUNEDU fix Peru’s higher education nightmare?

Will Peru’s higher education laws and nascent SUNEDU save the country’s dismal higher education sector, or are these reforms too little too late? Education is almost by consensus the most

Asia Pacific Economics

Indonesia ramps up battle against bureaucracy

Indonesia’s 12th economic policy package is the latest effort to improve ease doing business. Strong political will must complement consistent implementation.

Economics Europe

Belarus caught in the middle between EU and Russia

Belarus’ future is torn between the potentially positive implications of the lifting of EU sanctions and the current major losses suffered by the national currency due to Russia’s economic crisis.

Latin America Security

Cuban migrants stuck in Central America

Thousands of migrants from Cuba heading out from Ecuador are stuck in Central America, as Costa Rica and Nicaragua squabble over freedom of movement. In 2008, the government of Rafael

Politics South and Central Asia

India’s tolerance for intolerance

Amid reports of increased discrimination, India must confront this issue rather than shy away from it. Intolerance is not a new phenomenon within India. Neither are religious discrimination, religious extremism or

Europe Politics

Serbia Walking A Fine Line Between Russia and EU

Serbia’s internal challenges coupled with the European Union’s internal problems could undermine efforts to transform Serbia’s economy and boost ties with the West. Western governments and businesses are investing in Serbia

Asia Pacific Finance

Vietnam increases foreign bank ownership

Vietnam looks to attract more foreign investment to sustain growth trajectories. The government hopes that changing regulations of foreign ownership of its banks will attract more capital. To boost growth