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Asia Pacific Economics

“Made in Indonesia” smartphone law presents uphill battle for investors

A regulation due to come into effect later this year will shake up the Indonesian smartphone market. Global brands seeking access to Indonesia’s fast-growing and potentially vast mobile market will

Asia Pacific Economics

The Opportunities of China’s “One Belt One Road”

China is stepping up efforts to establish two transcontinental New Silk Roads that connect Asia, Europe, and Africa in trade, development, and culture. While promising economic gains, this new framework

Economics Europe

TTIP: Friend or Foe for Europe?

Commonly referred to as TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is currently at the center of a major controversy in EU-US relations. There is increased fear of multinationals among

Economics Latin America

Argentina cries for openness and foreign investment

For the last three years, Argentina has banned access to currency exchange for individuals and companies based in the country. While this ban started as a way to discourage use

Economics International

U.S. Congress poised to move forward on trade policy

For the United States to successfully conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Congress must first pass trade promotion authority. It is increasingly poised to do so. Seven years ago, the United

Asia Pacific Economics

Trade unaffected despite competing claims in South China Sea

Despite China’s increasing assertiveness regarding its territorial claims in the South China Sea, trade in the region is still unaffected. China’s various government agencies, tasked with enforcing Beijing’s claims in the

Economics Europe

Russia’s recession could hurt European trading partners

The beginning of 2015 in Russia was marked by further depreciation of the ruble, burgeoning inflation, and withdrawal of some more MNCs from its market. Experts no longer doubt that

North America Politics

US-Cuba thaw has a long road ahead

President Obama’s decision to re-establish relations with Cuba this week will yield a short-term uptick in bilateral trade, but realization of long-term investment opportunities remain some ways off. Wednesday’s bombshell that

Economics International

EU-China trade hampered by EU divisions

The unbalanced China-EU business relationship can be seen as the outcome of a divided EU and an opportunistic China that has successfully exploited the EU’s weaknesses. But there is scope for improvement.

Europe Natural resources and energy

Ukraine crisis hurts Arctic relations

Western sanctions spell serious disruptions for petroleum exploration in the Arctic, and threaten to undo decades of work to foster cross-border trade and relations in northern Norway. The crisis in