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Europe Politics

Italy’s new government a little too familiar

Although positive moves have been made to reinvigorate Italian politics, look a little closer and remnants of old still remain. At the centre of this is Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Al-Barrak sentence attests to Kuwait’s authoritarian side

The recent jail sentence handed down to a prominent opposition leader in Kuwait reflects an authoritarian trend that may solidify business opportunities in the near future but casts a shadow

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

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

Latin America Politics

Reasons for optimism in Venezuela

With Hugo Chavez’s death, there are hopes that the excesses of Chavismo will be rolled back, as Venezuela needs to tackle its systemic economic problems. It is easy to get

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe’s imperfect constitution

Zimbabwe’s new constitution, approved on March 19th, may symbolize a step forward for the nation, but it fails to address the underlying political culture of inefficiency that underpins Zimbabwe’s economy.

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

International Politics

Educational détente in the UK toward Latin America

The United Kingdom’s attempts to charm Latin American trade relationships is hampered by its rigid visa restrictions that alienate foreign students who are key to longer-term investments and much needed short-term

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Oman’s future: What goes up must come down

Oman’s success over the last half century is at risk of slowing down in the coming years. Having made a name for itself as a stable and successful Middle Eastern

Asia Pacific Politics

U.S. policy for Myanmar’s 2015 election

The election that will decide Myanmar’s political future will come in 2015, when 75% of the parliament will be up for grabs. Myanmar’s April 2012 by-elections have been hailed as