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Asia Pacific Finance

China and the AIIB on the Belt and Road: Power sans control

The multilateral development bank remains a key instrument of China’s foreign and development policy, even with its emancipation.

Outlook for 2017 Sub-Saharan Africa

Will Angola pay back holders of its foreign currency debt?

Recently, Angola has experienced political and economic turbulence revealing concerning red flags for investors. Here are 5 indicators to watch.

Economics Power Brokers South and Central Asia

Indonesian president Jokowi: A reform-minded leader

Jokowi won the presidential election of Indonesia in 2014, making him the first president outside of the political and military elite.

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Is Iran still a siren call for Western economic investment?

The Iranian economy is set for an economic boom, with global powers reinvesting in its industries. However, the US sanctions remain a great deterrent for European and Asian investors. Image

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Brazil forges anti-Venezuela consensus. Third Spanish election looms. Presidential debates continue. Conservatives take on Brexit. IMF and World Bank meet.

Latin America Politics

The Question of Latin America and OECD Membership

Middile-income Latin American countries face different challenges than their Western counterparts. Does OECD membership still make sense for these nations?

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

China and U.S. discuss policy. U.S. primaries close. World Bank releases growth projections. Brazil’s central bank to maintain rates. EU ministers meet.

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 International

Economic impact of natural disasters

Risk analysis may be falling short with regard to natural disasters. While the management of political challenges has charged ahead in both the private and public sectors, comparable services regarding

Asia Pacific Politics

Panama Papers lay bare China’s corruption, environmental woes

Fallout from the Panama Papers has landed in China, casting doubt on anti-corruption efforts and pledges for greater environmental stewardship.