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Economics Europe

Portugal faces an impossible task, expect a second bailout

It is becoming an infamously familiar chain of events in the Eurozone; public debt mounts, markets react, volatility and uncertainty rule while negotiations take place, a bailout with strings attached

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Iraq ten years on: full of potential yet politically unstable

Ten years after the U.S invasion Iraq continues to soldier on. The country has significant potential, yet remains politically unstable. It has been ten years since the U.S. invasion of

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

Asia Pacific Economics

If Abenomics is to succeed

The Bank of Japan’s quantitative easing program cannot by itself guarantee success of Abenomics. So, what additional developments should we look out for? It is obvious to anyone who pays

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

The new Ivorian economic miracle, finally?

The Ivorian authorities are claiming that a new Ivorian miracle is happening now, that the train is on its way and should not be missed by anyone who wants to

Asia Pacific Security

More Carrot? A Response to Robert S. Ross

This post responds to Robert S. Ross’s November/ December 2012 Foreign Affairs piece, The Problem with the Pivot. According to Ross, “The Obama administration has responded to Chinese assertiveness by reinforcing

Sub-Saharan Africa Technology and infrastructure

An emerging tablet market; investors should act swiftly

Tablets have significant potential in developing nations as gateways to initial economic and social digitization. Tablet devices are thriving in western markets; Apple, Samsung, Google, Kindle to list but a

Finance Latin America

Don’t let the Headlines scare you: Latin America has a lot to offer

In Latin America, a few rotten apples have scared investors away from the bushel. Despite this the continent is home to many opportunities. The search for yield has sent investors

Economics Europe

Cyprus: Now the real work begins

 “Last month Cyprus agreed to a € 10bn bailout from the IMF and ECM, which has relieved considerable short-term stress on the national banking system, as well as calming investor fears

International Security

Lead, Engage and Balance: U.S strategic options for integrating China

The Asia-Pacific’s place at the forefront of economic growth relies on the maintenance of order that may be inhibited by the weakening of U.S. unipolarity and the rise of hegemonic