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International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Olympics kick off. BoE sets rates. US election shifts into high gear. Muslim leaders meet. South Africa votes. All in The Week Ahead.

Economics Latin America

Is Rio ready for the Olympics?

The Olympic Games are scheduled to begin on August 5. But will Rio de Janeiro be prepared amidst an economic recession, a looming public health crisis, delayed infrastructure developments, increasing

Economics Latin America

Carnival cancellation highlights Brazil’s woes

Following the unwelcome news that Brazil is cancelling its popular carnival, GRI takes a look at what the Brazilian people can expect for their country in 2016 and what changes

Politics South and Central Asia

‘Cricket diplomacy’ could boost India-Pakistan relations

Since independence, India’s foreign policy has focused heavily on neighboring Pakistan. It will be even more so for the new government in India. Since the Mumbai terrorist attacks in November 2008,

Economics South and Central Asia

Dreams of tourist-friendly North Caucasus hard to realize

North Caucasus hopes to use the Sochi Winter Olympics to attract investment through improvement in tourism. Yet, insecurity, corruption and broken infrastructure make such dreams difficult to realize. The President

Economics Europe

Will Sochi Winter Games thaw Russia’s rigid economy?

A mega event, such as the Olympics, does not necessarily bring short-term economic gains to the host country. But hosting may lead to a freer market economy down the line.

Latin America Politics

Brazil embraces immigration reform

Brazil has announced plans for a streamlined work visa application for skilled foreign workers, which should help fill its current skilled labor shortage. 2013 brought plenty of difficulties for Brazil.

Economics International

Political risk to watch in 2014

Turkey, China and Brazil face a difficult year ahead in more ways than one: economic growth forecasts, political stability and foreign direct investment prospects are likely to take a hit.

International Politics

Op-Ed: Boycott the Games

“If all GB athletes wore rainbow flags and Cameron turned up to the Kremlin with a rainbow tie, then that would be great,” said Anna Grigoryeva, 24, a Cambridge student

International Politics

Op-Ed: Don’t Boycott the Games

“Don’t boycott the Games.” This sentiment can be heard from several sides of the debate regarding Putin’s ban on homosexual athletes competing in Sochi at the Winter Olympics in 2014.