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The Future of the Transatlantic Alliance

The Transatlantic Alliance has been the cornerstone of the post-WW2 world order. However, this historic, long-established friendship between the world’s two largest economies has become strained in recent years and is currently at a crossroads. Pulling the blocs apart is resentment over uneven military spending between the US and Europe has been emphatically echoed in Washington by both the Right and the Left. However, further trade wars are not in the Alliance’s interests, tempering isolationist concerns.

Europe Politics

From protests to constitutional crisis: Boyko’s latest gamble

After years of stability and growth, Bulgaria is navigating a turbulent crisis while no one seems to be paying attention. What’s next for this small European country?

Economics Latin America

Crisis besets Venezuela: A failing regime?

Economic downturn, trading tensions with the USA, and international sanctions have all begun to play a role in the destruction of the Maduro regime. The possible results of this are civil unrest, economic collapse and ultimately, a failed state.

Economics Latin America

Brazil: How is South America’s biggest economy poised to behave?

Last week Brazil’s COPOM (Committee for Monetary Policy) met to discuss the current economic environment, not only in Brazil but around the world. The meeting had one overall result, which was to maintain current interest rates. The country’s Taxa Selic will stay at 2% p.a. Although this event might not seem newsworthy, it tells us a great deal about the recovery of the South American economy.

China Politics

Hong Kong’s Erosion of Independence

On June 30th, the Chinese Government enacted the National Security Law for Hong Kong. This has criminalized any acts of “secession”, “subversion”, “terrorism” and “collusion with a foreign country”. It

Europe Technology and infrastructure

HS2: Steadfast Progress or Slam the Brakes?

February 1, 2020: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces that a high-speed rail link through the centre of England will be built, admitting it was a ‘controversial and difficult decision’. Behind schedule and over budget, the return on investment from this planned rail network is increasingly in doubt under the UK’s current economic conditions.

She Said

She Said: Interview with Frederike Probert from Mission Female

For our new column She Said, we had the honour to speak with Frederike Probert. We asked her for insights into female empowerment in the workforce and business context. Her insights are powerful as they shed light on work environments characterized by male overrepresentation.

Politics Under The Radar

A new party in the USA?

 “The Republican Party is done.  It’s breaking up before our very eyes,” Former Tea Party and Republican Congressman Joe Walsh. This article examines the scope of a new party in the United States. 

Africa Security

Mozambique’s Insurgency & Prospects for Regional Insecurity

The discovery of large mineral and liquid natural gas deposits in Mozambique in 2010 boded well for Mozambique’s future, but conflict between Islamist militants and the central government over these resources has resulted in many fatalities and mass displacement.  The President of Mozambique downplays the seriousness of the situation, but neighboring African states and African regional bodies fear that the conflict will spread beyond Mozambique’s borders.

Africa Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Russia’s Strategy in Africa

Rumors of Russian involvement in Mali have gained momentum since 2018.  Russia has been accused of backing the coup that took place in August 2020, orchestrated by high ranking members of the Malian army. These officers had in fact returned a week before the coup from two months’ training in Russia.  The coincidence was enough for analysts to link Assimi Goita, leader of the new Junta, to the Russian government. Even if this link has yet to be proven, the growing connection between Russia and  sub-Saharan countries is threatening the balance of power in the region.