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Economics Latin America

Latin American Domestic Politics Could Hamper TPP

While various Latin American nations have expressed support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), internal political turmoil and scandals in various nations threaten to undermine trans-regional efforts at trade liberalization. Much

Europe Politics

Serbia Walking A Fine Line Between Russia and EU

Serbia’s internal challenges coupled with the European Union’s internal problems could undermine efforts to transform Serbia’s economy and boost ties with the West. Western governments and businesses are investing in Serbia

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Angola Enjoys Post-War FDI Boom

As Angola diversifies its economy, more countries – such as France – are reinforcing bilateral ties to exploit Luanda’s exceptional economic potential. But falling oil prices are undermining the Angolan

Finance International

Is the time ripe for a new global reserve currency?

China’s push for the adoption of a super-sovereign reserve currency points to a possible larger role for IMF’s Special Drawing Rights (SDR). The current international monetary system is a historical

Europe Security

Russia reviews Baltic states’ independence, risks further backlash

In a fresh instance of saber rattling against the EU, Russia’s prosecutor-general has decided to review the legality of recognizing the Baltic States’ independence in 1991. While legal implications of

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Congo-Brazzaville constitutional debate fuels uncertainty

President Sassou-Nguesso’s attempts to change the constitution to allegedly run for a third term are dividing the political class, raising fears of instability in a country already affected by falling

Asia Pacific Economics

Economics defuses China-Vietnam tensions

Vietnam relies on China for trade and a positive relationship with China is crucial for its foreign investment, China also desire to maintain a positive relationship with Vietnam as part

Economics Europe

Book review: Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How To Fix It

As the conflict continues in Ukraine with international media outlets painting an unequivocally pessimistic situation, Anders Aslund argues that Ukraine’s political class is facing an opportunity to make things right on the

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Queen Elizabeth II sets Parliamentary agenda. The G7 meet in Dresden to economic developments and trade. The UN attempts peace talks to stave off Sunni-Shi’a proxy fighting. Brazilian GDP report

Economics Latin America

Is Latin America closer to a free trade agreement with the EU?

Latin America and the EU have long sought to create a free trade agreement, yet internal discord and divison within Mercosur has hampered efforts. Despite this, there appears to be