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Natural resources and energy North America

Canada’s Tar Sand Foreign Policy Stifles Manufacturing

Canada’s  over-reliance on raw commodity exports, notably the tar sands, has weakened its economy and stifled a struggling manufacturing sector. In the past few years Canada’s foreign policy has shifted

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Brazil explores pre-salt oil extraction

Energy independence has moved up on many country’s agenda recently, and Brazil is no exception. Brazil is looking beyond the coastline to its underwater oil reserves and preparing for pre-salt

Europe Politics

What is the cost of Scottish independence?

Guest blogger Rob Rose writes on currency prospects for Scotland, in the event of a separation from the United Kingdom. On the 18th September 2014 Scottish voters will be able

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

The Dragon looks North: China’s emerging Arctic policy

The future potential of an Arctic shipping corridor has caught China’s attention, as Beijing increases its involvement in the region. The Mandarin translation for the word ‘crisis’ is ‘危机’ (wei

North America Technology and infrastructure

The road to fiber optic Internet

These days, it is hard to turn on a computer without hearing something about fiber optic Internet access, but without any context, it can be difficult to separate rhetoric from

Latin America Politics

Pacific trade reignites Bolivia-Chile land dispute

As Bolivia notes the TPP’s trade potential, La Paz has raised a 132 year old dispute with Chile; one that could give Bolivia access to the Pacific. In March, Bolivian

Asia Pacific Security

Dilemmas and Challenges for Singapore’s Security

Take a look at Singapore’s challenges: or what globalization, changing social needs and a deteriorating security climate mean for the Lion City. It is a well-known fact that Singapore, a

International Politics

How protectionist will the upcoming EU-US trade agreement be?

Will the upcoming EU-US trade agreement follow a protectionist path, or will liberalizing forces push for greater concessions from the pact’s members. “Everything is on the table, […] we should

Asia Pacific Politics

Malaysia’s looming general election: what it means for the economy

The upcoming elections will, arguably, be the most fiercely contested in the history of Malaysia since independence in 1957. Najib Razak, Malaysia’s Prime Minister (PM) has set the date of