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Asia Pacific Politics

Do Taiwan’s 2016 Elections Threaten Ties with China?

With Taiwan’s pro-independence presidential candidate firmly leading in the polls for the upcoming 2016 election, tensions between Beijing and Taipei could escalate as Taiwan’s recent pro-China stance is reversed. For nearly eight

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

Economics North America

US trade deficit soars to six-year high: Signal or noise?

With the US trade deficit at a six-year high, analysts have attributed the widening gap to a strong appreciation of the US dollar coupled with labor strikes at ports along

Europe Politics

Can a new Prime Minister bring the rebound Finland needs?

Finland’s Prime Minister-elect Juha Sipilä has the difficult task of forming a new government, but he is determined to create a small, efficient coalition that can push through with quick

Economics Latin America

Why does everybody love Chile?

Replacing Brazil as a potential regional leader and as a viable destination for successful businesses, the Andean country has become the go-to-market of Latin America. However, with recent political scandals many

Politics South and Central Asia

What to take away from Obama’s trip to India

The meeting between the heads of the world’s oldest and the world’s biggest democracy proved to be more than just show as the two leaders managed to strike an accord

Economics Europe

Russia unveils anti-crisis plan to rescue its economy

In response to Standard and Poor’s downgrade of Russia’s credit rating to junk, the government has adopted a $35 billion anti-crisis plan. However, the document is ambiguous and the measures

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Can the Central African Federation survive recent events?

In the wake of  recent sweeping environmental and political events, member countries of the defunct Central African Federation make painful choices to improve their economic performance. Will a rainbow follow the

Politics South and Central Asia

What to expect from Obama’s trip to India

President Barack Obama heads Sunday to India in the United States’ latest attempt to move closer with India. Though the relationship between the two powers has not been without its

Economics Middle East/North Africa

With new president, Tunisia hopes for economic stability

Almost four years after the popular uprising that ousted longtime autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisians completed their formal transition to democracy this month with the election of their first