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The U.N. hits another wall in Syria, but a resolution remains possible

The U.N. has continually failed to influence a political resolution in Syria. This does not mean that a political resolution is not possible, but shows that states in the ‘East’ are confident enough to challenge the Security Council’s authority and work together to bring stability.

Economics International The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 4 – 10 March 2018

Trump announces new steel and aluminum tariffs. Brexit prompts conflict over Ireland status. FARC competes in legislative elections. New presidential elections in Sierra Leone. All in the Week Ahead. 

Economics International

OZY+GRI: Is this how the next global recession begins?

Amid the second-longest bull market in U.S. history, talk of an inevitable recession is often met with “this time is different” arguments. And this time is different – but not the way you think.

Finance International

OZY+GRI: Can Emperor Yuan dethrone King Dollar as the world’s currency?

In 2018, China could seek to dethrone King Dollar by forcing yuan-denomination of specific commodities, marking a cataclysmic shift in the world financial order that’s been in place since World War II.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 25 February – 3 March 2018

Right wing populists slated to make gains in Italian elections. New ceasefire comes to Syria. EU budget negotiations spill over. The United Kingdom debates the customs union. All in The Week Ahead. 

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 18 – 24 February 2018

South Africa’s new president seeks change in direction following tumultuous Zuma years. Ethiopia’s ruling party looks for solutions after PM’s resignation. Australia’s coalition government at a crossroads as leaders trade barbs. Mueller investigation enters new phase as 13 Russians are indicted. All in The Week Ahead 

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 11 – 17 February 2018

Pyeongchang Olympics represent opportunity for dialogue. Sweden Central Bank looks at interest rates. Market gyrations likely to continue. All in The Week Ahead. 

Environment International

The drawbacks of Arctic shipping

The Christophe de Margerie is the first vessel to navigate the Northern Sea Route without an icebreaker escort. This is exciting news for states and businesses interested in exploiting new opportunities in the Arctic. However, the NSR is not as promising at it may seem, and the speed of climate change in the region brings significant risks.   

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 4 – 10 February 2018

Nepal faces upper chamber elections. Another budget vote looms in the US Congress. All in The Week Ahead 

International Special Reports Technology and infrastructure

Special Report: The hidden risks of the electric car revolution

Buried under the hype, are the real risks of the electric car revolution: reputational issues in the extractive sector, the scarcity of essential raw materials, the environmental impact, and infrastructure challenges.