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The Turkish Spring: More Tiananmen than Tahrir

Demonstrations in Turkey – labelled a Turkish Spring – differ from their Arab counterparts in that the Turkey’s (unlike Arab ones) economy has been booming. The international media narrative about

International Security

Militarized Multinationals Fill the Gap in State Security

Guest blogger Christopher Jackson writes on how the decline in state security forces is leaving the private sector to provide its own security. Since the 1990s, Immanuel Kant’s perpetual peace thesis,

Finance South and Central Asia

Lack of regulation limits Afghan gem mining

The lack of clear industry rules is hampering the growth of Afghanistan’s mining sector. Blessed with mineral wealth, Kabul remains unable to utilize it. Afghanistan lacks the major gas and

International Politics

10 Unexpected but Well-Governed Countries

Everyone knows that the Scandinavian countries have great welfare systems, low levels of corruption and highly responsive governments. Just as everyone knows that Singapore and Hong Kong have incredibly efficient

Economics South and Central Asia

Uzbekistan’s Search for Trade Partners

Uzbekistan’s increasing diversity in trading partners points to a decline in traditional Central Asian economic reliance on Russia and indicates the possibility of increased interdependence between the countries of Central

Finance North America

Apple fall afoul of U.S Corporate Tax Code

Apple’s refusal to engage with politics in Washington has cost them an embarrassing news cycle. Investors should pay attention to tech companies’ political influence as the industry experiences growing regulatory pains.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Water Scarcity in Jordan Increases with Refugee Flows

As Jordan copes with a wave of refugees fleeing Iraq and Syria, Amman’s already dire water security is stretched to its limit as water scarcity increases. An article published May

Economics Europe

Ukraine Could Become Europe’s Next Energy Hub

As Ukraine seeks to become an energy hub in Europe, Kiev’s ambitious energy plans still face various hurdles. During recent meetings between the EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger and Ukraine’s

Economics Latin America

Can Startups Solve Brazil’s Protectionist Problem?

Can promoting startups in Brazil rejuvenate the country’s economic image and kick start the growth that Brasilia is looking for? Brazil’s eagerness to join the international governance club is no

Asia Pacific Economics

Chinese Liberalisation 2.0 Shifts Back to the Free Market

The People’s Republic of China appears set to begin a new economic policy that will place less emphasis on state planning and development of industry and more emphasis on the