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Economics Europe

Russia unveils anti-crisis plan to rescue its economy

In response to Standard and Poor’s downgrade of Russia’s credit rating to junk, the government has adopted a $35 billion anti-crisis plan. However, the document is ambiguous and the measures

Europe Security

Mariupol and Debaltseve bring Russia closer to military endgame

In Ukraine, the latest rebel assault on the strategic transport hub of Mariupol signals the possibility of a full-scale invasion to secure the Crimean peninsula. Following last weekend’s offensive on

Latin America Security

Will ‘Mano Dura’ crime policies persist in Central America?

In the Central American nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, which make up the Northern Triangle, ‘Mano Dura’ (Iron Fist) policies have led to harsh crackdowns on delinquency and

International Natural resources and energy

Oil sector expected to reduce investment in new projects

Despite the overall benefits for the global economy, the prolonged period of low oil prices is likely to reduce investment in new oil projects, raising the potential for economic and political

Asia Pacific Economics

Beijing favours quality growth over quantity

China’s economic slowdown is a realignment of Beijing’s economic policies, which favours quality economic growth over high quantity growth. In late 2014, the first statistics appeared indicating that China’s economy was slowing

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Amid chaos, Libya risks losing greatest trading partner

The power struggle in Libya poses a great risk to Italian investment in the war-torn country, as thousands of migrants flee to Italy’s southern shores. Decades-old oil vessels, once a

Economics Europe

Five challenges Croatia’s new president ‘Barbie’ faces

Recently elected President of Croatia inherits a country faced with a shrinking economy, unemployment, insufficient education, infrastructure issues and corruption.  With a slim margin, right-wing Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, nicknamed Barbie, won the

Middle East/North Africa Security

Yemen’s Houthi rebels’ goals remain unclear

Yemen is rudderless following the resignation of its president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi on January 22. The Houthi rebels’ ultimate goals and Yemen’s future, tied to regional stability, remain in

Europe Politics

Rise of radical parties challenges eurozone efficiency

In recent years, the new radical right’s political discourse has attracted voters across Europe and experienced a substantial increase in electoral support. Unlike radical right parties throughout history, the ‘new’ radical

Finance Latin America

Recession ahead for Brazil?

With fiscal adjustment in progress, Brazil’s new Finance Minister announces a trimester of negative growth. However, adverse conditions in the international economy and a severe energy crisis raise concerns over