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Asia Pacific Economics

The Japan-EU Trade Agreement: Pushing back against protectionism

Japan and the EU have agreed to a trade deal that will eliminate the vast majority of both tariff and non-tariff barriers.

Economics North America

The path to future trade relations between the United States and Cuba

In late 2014, President Obama reopened diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than a fifty year freeze and authorized a broader array of travel and business activities with the island.

Politics Security

Trump’s retreat from American leadership

President Trump has broken a longstanding American commitment to global leadership by withdrawing from key international agreements.

Asia Pacific Economics

China’s debt situation: The next possible financial crisis?

China’s debt situation is not only growing in size, but also at a rate that economists and policy analysts feel is difficult to sustain.

North America Security

Trump’s nuclear modernization dilemma

The Trump administration’s ambition to expand US nuclear capabilities marks a radical shift away from the prevailing rationale during the Obama era. This change of paradigm could give rise to

International Middle East/North Africa Outlook for 2017 Security

Why the Qatari-Arab tension may remain despite possible settlements

On the 6th of June, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE announced in a coordinated move to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Asia Pacific Technology and infrastructure

What China’s Aircraft Carrier Means for its Naval Defence Capabilities

On April 26 at the Dalian Shipyard, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier.

International Politics The Week Ahead Uncategorized

The Week Ahead

Trump Presidency likely to reach further instability. Macron and Le Pen prepare for debate as election heats up. UK council elections serve as prelude to snap election. All in The Week Ahead.

Asia Pacific Security

A web of lies: The impossibility of progress in Korea

Bellicose rhetoric aside, President Trump’s policies towards North Korea will be characterized by words rather than action.

North America Outlook for 2017 Technology and infrastructure

Can Trump’s infrastructure plan work?

President Trump campaigned on fixing America’s infrastructure so that it would be “second to none.” However, upon closer examination of the details, there are financial problems with his plan in