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The Islamic State threat to Europe’s Christmas season

The Islamic State’s threats to the Christmas season highlight the organisation’s intent to hit major public events and remain active in Europe.

Economics North America

Trump and the ‘normalisation’ of relations with Cuba

On 8 November, Washington imposed fresh sanctions on Cuba, targeting the tourism and business industries. Is this a return to Cold War politics?

Middle East/North Africa Security Technology and infrastructure

Strong partnerships, information sharing essential for Saudi’s new Cyber Security Authority

As Saudi Arabia implements Vision 2030, it must improve public-private partnerships and generate legal frameworks regarding data security and privacy.

Economics North America

NAFTA e-commerce limits likely to rise, but at what cost?

Proposed changes are inevitable, but could put many traditional retailers out of business, creating a complex political decision for NAFTA leaders.

International The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 26 November – 2 December

South Korea interest rates. OPEC meets in Austria. Irish border questions derail Brexit talks. Senate considers tax bill. All in The Week Ahead. 

Asia Pacific

Targeted sanctions on Myanmar would dash hopes of investment surge

Peter is a London based analyst. He specializes in trade and regulation in the Asia Pacific region. He holds a MSc in Economy, Risk and Society from the London School of Economics and a BA in International Studies from American University.

Debate Corner Economics Europe

Will EU divisions delay Nord Stream 2?

A recent proposal from the European Commission to amend gas market regulations seems targeted at Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Europe is increasingly divided on the benefits of the project. GRI asks: Will Russia’s economic ambitions be stymied by European opposition?

Economics Europe Natural resources and energy

EU divisions and US sanctions to delay Nord Stream 2

Under pressure from US sanctions, legislation in Denmark, and weakening support in Germany, Nord Stream 2 will likely be significantly delayed.

Economics Europe

Why Nord Stream 2 will go ahead despite opposition

Opposition to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will be outweighed by existing investments, economic benefits, and the backing of major European powers.

Latin America Security

Violence and unemployment on the rise in Rio

A year after the 2016 Olympics, Rio finds itself amidst a security crisis with spikes in violence causing tourism to drop and businesses to close. Organized crime has taken over Rio’s slums and the even the Armed Forces have been deployed in an attempt to contain the situation.