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North America Technology and infrastructure

The road to fiber optic Internet

These days, it is hard to turn on a computer without hearing something about fiber optic Internet access, but without any context, it can be difficult to separate rhetoric from

Latin America Politics

Reasons for optimism in Venezuela

With Hugo Chavez’s death, there are hopes that the excesses of Chavismo will be rolled back, as Venezuela needs to tackle its systemic economic problems. It is easy to get

Asia Pacific Security

Asia-Pacific: Headed towards conflict?

Relations within the Asia-Pacific region grew tense during 2012, marked by a number of incidents between China, Japan, and South Korea. The escalation of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute between China,

Asia Pacific Finance

Risky Business: ‘First mover advantage’ or risk in Myanmar’s gold rush?

In the past year Myanmar has moved to the center of the frontier markets’ map for investors keen on a “first mover advantage”. However, increasingly lost amidst the hype is

Asia Pacific Economics

Myanmar foreign investment law should inspire U.S. policy

Myanmar has signed the New York Convention,  which essentially means that international business contracts in the country can now be predictably enforced. On March 6, the Myanmar Parliament agreed to

International Politics

How protectionist will the upcoming EU-US trade agreement be?

Will the upcoming EU-US trade agreement follow a protectionist path, or will liberalizing forces push for greater concessions from the pact’s members. “Everything is on the table, […] we should

Economics North America

Extend the exorbitant privilege: Why the Dollar is here to stay

Despite potential challenges from the euro, yen, and yuan, the Dollar remains the world’s reserve currency of choice. The last decade has given rise to much discussion about the role

Asia Pacific Security

More Carrot? A Response to Robert S. Ross

This post responds to Robert S. Ross’s November/ December 2012 Foreign Affairs piece, The Problem with the Pivot. According to Ross, “The Obama administration has responded to Chinese assertiveness by reinforcing

International Security

Lead, Engage and Balance: U.S strategic options for integrating China

The Asia-Pacific’s place at the forefront of economic growth relies on the maintenance of order that may be inhibited by the weakening of U.S. unipolarity and the rise of hegemonic

Finance North America

Strategic foreign aid in the ‘Age of Sequestration’

The Age of Sequestration has seen rising public and governmental concern about the ineffectiveness of foreign aid. Articles like U.S. Move to Give Egypt $450 Million in Aid Meets Resistance