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Economics South and Central Asia

Is a trade war brewing between Russia and Kazakhstan?

Russia and Kazakhstan officials claim there is no trade war between their two countries, but the behavior of the two governments follows a pattern of trade disputes between post-Soviet states in

Middle East/North Africa Security

The Iranian nuclear deadline: What to expect

This week marks the nominal deadline for the international community and Iran to flesh out a final agreement on the future of Iran’s nuclear program and the removal of international

Middle East/North Africa Security

Mali faces ongoing security threats despite peace agreement

The international community has described the signing of a peace agreement between the government and armed groups as a new start for Mali and its best chance for peace. But it

International Natural resources and energy

Deforestation impacting pharmaceutical industry

Global rainforests hold unknown treasures for fighting and curing multiple diseases. But whilst the complete destruction of the world’s remaining rainforests looms on the horizon, pharmaceutical companies are only slowly

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Greece faces IMF repayment deadline. Deadline for Iran nuclear deal approaches. President Rousseff meets with President Obama. Burundi prepares parliamentary elections without opposition participation. Unemployment in the U.S. falls further. All in this Weekly

Latin America Technology and infrastructure

Look south: Startup opportunities in Latin America

Latin America’s startup scene is quickly emerging as a strong competitor to Silicon Valley and its European counterparts. Investors and businesses take note: look south in the Americas for the

Asia Pacific North America South and Central Asia

Five challenges American companies face in Asia

American companies operating in Asia face distinct challenges affecting their profit, productivity, and potential to develop in the fast-growing markets. In particular, there are potential barriers to entry for new

Finance Middle East/North Africa

Saudi Arabia: An Emerging Frontier?

Saudi Arabia has a solid economic track record and is taking steps to become more included in global financial markets. This includes the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Emerging Markets

Asia Pacific Economics

Australia’s housing bubble: Myth, or ticking time bomb?

The potential ‘housing bubble’ in the real estate market in Australia is an economically and politically charged issue, both domestically and internationally. However, there is still no clear consensus on

Middle East/North Africa Politics

The March 8 Alliance’s effect on Lebanon’s economy

The March 8 Alliance coalition that holds together Lebanon’s pro-Syrian factions remains strong despite the Syrian Civil War continuing into its fifth year. How will the March 8 Alliance affect