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Latin America Security

FARC peace process strained by new kidnapping

Colombia’s two year long peace talks between the government and the FARC were brought to a standstill on Sunday, November 16, following the capture of a top army general by

Europe Natural resources and energy

Will the political will for energy reform in Eastern Europe last?

Russia’s actions in Ukraine and strained political relations with the EU has put energy security high on the agenda. Recent moves by several of Eastern European states suggest that the political will

Latin America Natural resources and energy

How Brazil is failing Petrobras

Petrobras has recently found itself mired in corruption scandals and holding sky-high debts that have led to the downgrade of its credit rating. Much of what’s behind the lagging performance

North America Politics

Four consequences of Obama’s immigration action

The rift between Republican and Democratic characterizations of President Obama’s executive order on undocumented immigrants could hardly be wider. The actions, which were carefully announced after the midterm elections but

Economics Latin America

Tax cuts will not save Peru’s mining sector from falling prices

Recently proposed tax cuts demonstrate the Peruvian government’s attempt to deal with slower growth and stagnating foreign investment. Regardless, if mineral prices continue to fall, investment in extractive industries will not maintain the

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Hard policy choices ahead for the Central Bank of Nigeria

With a sliding currency, the Central Bank of Nigeria is faced with a difficult policy choice. Its efforts to stabilise the naira and tame inflationary pressures are likely to be

International Security

4 trends in cyber security for businesses

In the wake of several high-profile cyber attacks on major sectors of the global economy, cyber security ranks as a principal concern to businesses across a range of industries and

Asia Pacific Economics

Do Occupy protests hurt Hong Kong’s economy?

After almost 10 weeks of protests, Occupy Hong Kong is coming to an end. Having failed to halt the protests using other means, Beijing has sought to underline the economic

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Will the Southern African Customs Union last?

One of Africa’s flagship customs unions has gone a long way towards achieving regional economic integration. But this has come at a high – perhaps unacceptable – cost to its

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

New energy bill creates uncertainty for investors in Nigeria

Nigeria tries to develop its stagnating oil reserves by attracting foreign investment through a new Petroleum Industry Bill. But the bill seems more likely to create greater political risk and scare