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International Politics

Book Review: Great Games, Local Rules

In his recently published book Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia, Alexander Cooley offers a penetrating analysis of the geopolitical maneuvering and strategies pursued

Economics Latin America

The Repsol settlement – a path forward for Argentina?

Argentina has finally negotiated an end to one of Latin America’s most turbulent investment conflicts, opening the door to further development of the country’s newly-discovered energy resources. But there are

Economics Europe

IMF pushes for Ukraine reforms as part of aid package

In response to the recent turmoil in Ukraine, the IMF is working to extend financial assistance but will likely ask for reforms in the public, business and energy sectors. The

Finance North America

Why Stan Fischer’s next job matters to global finance

The US Federal Reserve is getting a new face: Stan Fischer will likely become the body’s new vice chairman. All eyes are on where he stands on the Fed’s increasingly regulatory

Economics South and Central Asia

Pakistan seeks to privatize state-owned companies

Pakistan has begun work to privatize many of its state-owned industries, both to raise revenue and to secure loans from the IMF. Although opposition exists domestically, the government hopes privatization

Asia Pacific Economics

Growth in Myanmar undermined by rising inflation

McKinsey estimates that Myanmar’s GDP could quadruple in size to over $200 billion in the next 20 years. But inflation may derail the prospect of growth and progress. Myanmar’s political

Economics Europe

Is Greece politically ready for a return to the markets?

The Greek government claims a return to the markets in the second half of 2014, while the country’s European partners argue for the potential necessity of a third bailout. The

Economics Europe

Norway’s falling housing prices threaten growth

Negative prognoses based on falling housing prices may not, in fact, spell disaster for the Norway’s economy. Yet, dependency on oil is a continuous policy problem that the new government

Asia Pacific Politics

Cambodia protests highlight deeper corruption issues

Recent surveys have ranked Cambodia highly on the corruption index and low on investor attractiveness within the ASEAN region. The recent spate of protests are reinforcing the obstacles that Cambodia

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberia’s private sector shows promising signs

The Liberian economy shows great potential for growth in the private sector, but obstacles such as weak institutions and poor infrastructure stand in the way. Will the government take steps