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The Energy Briefing: Will US gas exports to Europe surge?

As US LNG exports have increased, policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic have viewed them as a way to decrease Europe’s dependence on Russian natural gas. However, their ultimate success will be determined by market dynamics. At the moment, these dynamics generally favor Gazprom’s continued dominance.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Election in South Korea could alter geopolitical equations in East Asia. Libya deal appears increasingly likely. Pressure on Greece to adopt reform package.

Asia Pacific Economics

Risks to China’s housing markets return

China’s economic and monetary policies are overheating property markets in China’s tier-one cities. Investors should be wary of the potential for asset bubbles to form in local housing markets in

Asia Pacific Economics

China faces rising risks from labor unrest

Labor unrest is on the rise in China, driven by its economic slowdown and rising expectations for wages and labor rights, and exacerbated by problems in both local governance and

Asia Pacific Politics

Japan’s opposition unifies, bringing risks for investors in the 2018 elections

Japan’s opposition have pledged to work closely to counter the ruling LDP coalition in upcoming elections. What do these developments mean for investors in Japan? On February 26, two of

Asia Pacific Finance

Yuan devaluation kills two bird with one stone

The three-day devaluation, which rattled markets last week, serves two ends for the Politburo; it is a move towards a slightly more market-based rate, and it tests the last tool

Asia Pacific Politics

Australia as powerbroker in Sino-American ties

While the recently signed free trade agreement will inevitably draw Australia and China closer together, Australia stands to gain significant political and economic clout in the region – if it

Asia Pacific Economics

Korea and Japan suffer from Chinese competition

Samsung’s declining profits and a Japanese stock market slide show how Japan and Korea struggle with declining foreign demand and Chinese competition. One of Korea’s biggest corporations, Samsung, announced that its second-quarter

Asia Pacific Economics

The US is Winning the Asia PTA Race

With political instability in the Middle East and North Africa, and uncertainties in South America, it seems that among developing regions, only Pacific Asia continues to boast strong growth and

Economics International

The World Vanilla Market is Anything but Vanilla

Vanilla strikes most consumers as a rather standard commodity. However, the story of how vanilla makes it from the farm to your ice cream cone is a complex mess. Vanilla