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Middle East/North Africa Security

Will Yemen follow in the footsteps of Libya and Syria?

Yemen has been thrown into turmoil in recent months. Its continued existence as a unified state is increasingly called into question. In the middle of a difficult political transition since

International Natural resources and energy

Does the moon hold the key to the world’s energy crisis?

The worlds largest energy consumers are deeply aware of the urgency of addressing their energy trilemmas – how to balance energy security, energy equity (access and affordability) and environmental sustainability.

Asia Pacific Politics

Thailand’s coup is not what the generals had hoped for

Instability looms in Thailand as the army fails to deliver on promises following its 2014 coup. On the May 22, 2014, the Royal Thai Army overthrew a democratically elected government on

Economics Europe

The slow and bumpy road to reform in France

France’s Minister of the Economy, Emmanuel Macron, has fought hard for reforms. But the reform bill currently debated in the French parliament, despite moving in the right direction, will be of

Europe Natural resources and energy

Norway still optimistic over Arctic oil

The drastic fall in oil prices has made petroleum explorations in the Barents Sea seemingly unprofitable. Yet, despite severe economic, technological and environmental concerns, the Norwegian government pushes for increased activities,

Asia Pacific Technology and infrastructure

How China’s internet censorship affects foreign business

Control over the Internet has gradually tightened in China since President Xi Jinping came to power. What is the effect on foreign businesses, and will they keep operating in this

North America Politics

US immigration standoff highlights economic opportunity

As the immigration topic is once again debated in the U.S. House of Representatives, the populist branch of the Republican party should accept that economic integration will stimulate, not harm, state

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

OPEC’s influence has long been exaggerated

The nearly 50% decline in oil prices questions the future of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and casts doubt on its ability to influence prices. However, the

Asia Pacific Economics

Despite tariffs, China pushes photovoltaic manufacturing

Despite the new U.S. anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs on their solar products, Chinese photovoltaic (PV) manufacturers enjoy an enormous domestic market supported by government policies. Meanwhile, Beijing’s industrial upgrading agenda

Finance Middle East/North Africa

Halt of remittances threatens stability in Somalia

Increasing pressure on U.S. banks has led to a complete halt of remittance payments from Somali immigrants to family and friends back home. The decision puts banks in a frustrating