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International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

US FOMC meets to set interest rates. Brazil likely to raise interest rates again as economy tumbles. Mexico’s interest rate decision reflects thoughts on US Fed. Japan’s cabinet holds conference on economic development. The US

International Natural resources and energy

Securing the sealanes of the super highway

Safe, secure and continuous supplies of energy are critical to modern society, providing the lifeblood to the global economy. The securitization of energy for heat, light and transportation affirms the

Economics International

TPP Series: A Free Trade Agreement fraught with complexity

With many big questions and trade disputes left to be resolved, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is expected to be unusually complex, perhaps at an unprecedented level.  The TPP is sufficiently complex

Finance Middle East/North Africa

Saudi Arabia: An Emerging Frontier?

Saudi Arabia has a solid economic track record and is taking steps to become more included in global financial markets. This includes the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Emerging Markets

Asia Pacific Economics

Has Asia entered into a currency war?

With interest rates being cut by Central Banks all across Asia, many have predicted a looming currency war in the region. Has Asia already entered a currency war? And if

Asia Pacific Security

Is the North Korean threat growing?

The North Korean navy, under the supervision of Kim Jong-un, has managed to successfully test-fire a ballistic missile from a submarine. Though North Korea’s technology is not fully developed, it

Asia Pacific Economics

Why the U.S. should support the AIIB

While many fear China’s rise and emerging power in international institutions, the AIIB represents a unique opportunity for the United States. While it’s currently difficult to predict the impact of

Asia Pacific Economics

AIIB membership is about business, not politics

Following Beijing’s announcement on April 15th, 57 nations will become founding members of the AIIB. With around $100 billion already earmarked for the bank, many countries joined based on the opportunity

International Politics The Week Ahead

GRI’s Weekly Risk Outlook

Americas countries meet in Panama City for OAS summit. Alcoa reports aluminum figures in weak metals market. African currencies prepare themselves for bumpy week. US presidential candidates hint at intentions. Central

Economics International

OECD interim assessment shows moderate growth

The OECD Interim Assessment indicates slightly higher, albeit still moderate world growth, and the report underscores a warning against a hollow recovery driven by monetary policy rather than fundamentals. The