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Asia Pacific Economics

Reasons a currency war could still be on the horizon

In February, G20 finance ministers and central bankers announced they would avoid currency devaluations and similar beggar-thy-neighbor policies.  On the surface this might lead one to think that governments would

Economics North America

Why the U.S economy may surprise in the medium term

With interest rates at record lows and zero political appetite for more fiscal stimulus, it is difficult to find feasible steps the Obama Administration can pursue to inflate the American

South and Central Asia Technology and infrastructure

Is the time right for high tech investment in Azerbaijan?

Primarily known for its oil and gas production, Azerbaijan has a high-tech sector on the rise and worth noticing. Its information and communications technology (ICT) has been booming, with the

Finance South and Central Asia

Kazakhstan showing signs of investment reform

Kazakhstan has made impressive progress towards attracting significant foreign investment since gaining independence in 1991. As of September 2011, foreign investors had invested a total of $159.3 billion in Kazakhstan,

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Egypt’s economic crisis may finally be coming to a head

Ever since the Arab Spring the Egyptian economy has been on shaky footing. However, it seems that things may now be coming to a head and a true economic crisis

Asia Pacific Economics

South Korea’s economy: Why the North won’t sink it

The South Korean economy has been sputtering of late.  Economic growth slowed to 2% in 2012, falling from a more robust 3.7% in the previous year.  Important sectors such as

North America Technology and infrastructure

Navigating the international patent mess

The tech world and the patent system have long been at odds. The fast changing nature of technological innovation is ill suited to the slow and bureaucratic Patent and Trademark

International Technology and infrastructure

3 social media tools to predict elections

Egypt’s elections suffered from a lack of traditional polling methods. Could analyzing social media predict the outcome of future elections? Many Americans followed the run up to the recent Egyptian

Sub-Saharan Africa Technology and infrastructure

Africa: A tech innovation hub?

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the growing economic opportunities in Africa.  It seems like everyday there is a new article about China or Brazil scrambling to

South and Central Asia Technology and infrastructure

How politicians are hurting tech in India

India’s politicians are hurting growth in the tech sector by under-investing in technological infrastructure. Over the past two decades growth in India has been spectacular.  The license raj has been