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International Natural resources and energy

Nuclear Power Opportunities Move East

A birds-eye look at the nuclear power industry in 2013 reveals a depressing picture. Early in the 2000s, thanks to a combination of rising fossil fuel prices and a lack

Economics Europe

Chinese Solar Exports Pressure EU Producers

Over the past five years, solar panel production in China has more than quadrupled thanks to the country’s enormous state subsidies and various support schemes targeting national solar technology firms.

Asia Pacific Politics

Japan’s Reform Opportunity Jeopardised by Militarism

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democrat Party (LDP) won an impressive electoral victory on July 22nd, earning a decisive majority in the upper house of the Japanese Diet. Of the 121 seats

Asia Pacific Economics

In spite of challenges, Indonesia is booming

“Indonesia is the least-unattractive country in the world” -M. Chatib Basri, chairman of the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board Things are going pretty well for Indonesia. Since surfacing virtually unscathed from

Asia Pacific Politics

Part 2 of 2: Chinese Xenophobia in Singapore Rises

Part 2 of 2 of GRI’s look into the apparent contradictions in a specific form of rising Chinese xenophobia in Singapore. As explained in the first post of this two-part

Asia Pacific Politics

Part 1 of 2: Chinese Xenophobia in Singapore Rises

This two-part post will explain the apparent contradictions that arise from the particular form of xenophobia in Singapore, beginning with a broad look at the Chinese and Singaporean identities. In

Asia Pacific Economics

G2 Summit Reveals Chinese Commitment to Economic Reform

An annual political show took place this July in Washington D.C. The phrase ‘G2’ has hardly any legitimate use today apart from describing this two-day summit between China and the

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Obama’s “Power Africa” Strategy Neglects Africans

In June 2013, US President Barack Obama visited Africa for the second time in his presidency. The first visit to Ghana, in 2008, lasted a mere 20 hours. This trip,

Latin America Politics

Six Policy Areas for Brazil to Address

Protests have recently erupted throughout Brazil, drawing over 250,000 people expressing their grievances towards the government and illustrating both the perils of a growing middle class during an economic slowdown

Asia Pacific Politics

Clashes in Xinjiang Reveal Continued Ethnic Tensions

In 2009, unrest in the Western Chinese province of Xinjiang resulted in the most violent protests in China since the iconic Tiananmen Square protests, and generated Western speculation regarding the