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North America Politics

Trump’s burn book: NAFTA negotiations will only extend Chinese influence in the Americas

Trump once labelled NAFTA, “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere”. This month, he unveiled the NAFTA negotiating agenda, providing a template for trade negotiations yet to occur with other countries – such as China, Germany, and Japan. With an emphasis on tackling tax systems and removing barriers to the US agriculture and manufacturing industries, Asian negotiators will be watching closely.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Japan reworks its energy policy. Kenya goes to the polls. US and Russia meet at ASEAN summit. Brazil eyes pension reform. All in The Week Ahead.

Asia Pacific Security

A home affairs super ministry: Australia’s new national security framework

Australia’s security apparatus is getting a makeover but when it comes to tackling the threat of terrorism is the UK’s Home Office really the best model?

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy North America

To the victor belong the spoils: The future of green energy

In recent years, China has pushed for the rapid development of renewable energy infrastructure, touting itself as the leader of innovative green energy.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy Outlook for 2017

Vietnam and the Philippines dive back into contested waters

Both Vietnam and the Philippines restarted drilling and exploring for oil in contested waters in the South China Sea – risking the ire of China.

Economics North America

How can US businesses and investors track improvement of the business climate in Cuba?

The tightening of US policy toward Cuba limits business opportunities, but falls well short of a reversal of the historic opening with Cuba in 2015.

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.

Asia Pacific Finance

Banking reform in China: Too little, too late?

China’s economic expansion requires a responsive and responsible banking system to keep money flowing. This means financial reform in how China does business or else face severe financial implications having

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.