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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.

Asia Pacific Economics

Can Russia ride China’s trade lead in Southeast Asia?

China immediately seized upon President-Elect Trump’s victory to offer its proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as an alternative to the TPP. Russia backing the proposal signals a call for a

Economics North America

Trump versus Clinton on trade policy

The US 2016 presidential race has been notable for how often both major party candidates have trumpeted trade as a major issue. But just how different are the proposed trade

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa Under The Radar

Under the Radar: EAC infighting highlights divisions, threatens EU trade deal

Divisions in the EAC over the EU EPA highlights problems in the bloc and competing developmental strategies; if the EAC cannot act as one, can it survive?

Economics Europe

Membership in the EU single market matters more than access

The Leave movement confused membership in the EU single market and access to said market. The former is far more important than the latter, and the public deserves to be informed of the difference.

Economics North America

Consumer protection and China in Trump’s cross hairs

America’s Bilateral Investment Treaty with China and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau face considerable risks from a Trump presidency.

Brexit North America

UK needs to move fast to secure trade with the U.S

After Brexit, the UK must move quickly to secure both trade in good and services with the U.S. Are bilateral or multilateral agreements the solution?

Economics North America

How Buy American is jeopardizing TTIP

America’s web of Buy American requirements is undermining TTIP discussions, blocking EU companies from trillions of dollars worth of procurement deals.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Dead or alive ISIS is a threat to Jordan

While regional instability has negatively impacted Jordan’s economy, paradoxically the potential defeat of ISIS, also increases Jordan’s short-term political risks. Earlier this month, Jordan revealed that a gunmen opened fire

Asia Pacific Security

Why more UN sanctions on North Korea won’t matter

Competing global interests and North Korea’s economic isolation make UN sanctions ineffective as Pyongyang continues as it always does, and deja vu reigns. Last week, the United Nations Security Council