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Economics International

TPP deal reached: What we know so far

After 5 years of negotiations, the 12 nations which make up the TPP finally reached a deal in the early hours of Monday morning. While the text of the deal

Asia Pacific Security

Japan’s Southeast Asia charm offensive

Japan has increasingly enhanced its cooperation with Southeast Asian states in a bid to counter China’s growing regional influence. Regional states will benefit from this, so long as they can

Economics International

Trade and terrorism: A forecast for the emerging Transpolar Sea Route

Between 2015 and 2035, major environmental shifts in the Arctic will open up maritime passages never before available and bring steadily increasing trade activity to the region – and with

Economics Europe

Burning flowers and destroying food, Putin risks domestic backlash

The latest tit-for-tat moves between Russia and the EU over the conflict in Ukraine hit Russian consumers already struggling with high inflation. It marks the continued souring of relations between

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

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

Latin America Technology and infrastructure

Nicaragua canal poses significant environmental risks

While the canal would likely boost commercial activity and revenue in the region, the project carries strong economic and environmental risks. Attempts in the past have made the Nicaragua canal

Economics International

Does an India-EU Free Trade Agreement stand a chance?

Negotiations toward a major trade agreement between India and its largest trading partner, the EU, seem to be back on track. Broad structural and political reforms, however, will likely be

Europe Middle East/North Africa

Four takeaways from Sisi’s visit to Germany

Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, held off on hosting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, but eventually gave in. As Europe’s largest economy continues exercising soft power, how does the Arab world’s

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Has foreign aid led to economic growth in Uganda?

Uganda’s impressive economic growth has led to a significant poverty reduction over the last two decades, while the country has, at the same time, been amongst the world’s top aid