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Asia Pacific Politics

2015 Asia Risks in Retrospect: Is Potential Conflict Giving Way to Tacit Rule Making?

From defense spending, banks, trade pacts, and historical baggage, take a look back at the main events and risk in the Asia-Pacific region in 2015. In 2015, East Asian relations

Economics North America

US rate hike makes emerging market corporate debt more fragile

For several months now, global markets and policymakers have waited for the FOMC’s periodic meetings nervously. The central bank of the world’s largest economy is preparing to raise interest rates from

Latin America Security

Cuban migrants stuck in Central America

Thousands of migrants from Cuba heading out from Ecuador are stuck in Central America, as Costa Rica and Nicaragua squabble over freedom of movement. In 2008, the government of Rafael

North America Politics

The GOP and campaigning with Islamophobia

Farid Hafez, Editor-in-Chief of the Islamophobia Studies Yearbook and member of the board of advisors of the Bridge Initiative at Georgetown University, provides this guest analysis. In recent weeks, audiences

Asia Pacific Technology and infrastructure

‘Cloned in China’: Beijing aims for biotech dominance

From cloned designer pets to GMO crops, China’s proactive biotech investments are paying off as the country becomes a major biotechnology player. As China diversifies its economy away from semi-skilled

North America Security

Mexico court ruling hints at marijuana policy change

A historic ruling by Mexico’s Supreme Court regarding marijuana use could act as precedent to spur an about-face in Mexico’s drug policy. On November 4th, Mexico’s Supreme Court voted to

Middle East/North Africa Security

Iran’s military and economic investment in Syria

Since the early 1980s, Iran has invested substantial political and economic capital into Syria. Tehran will continue to support the Assad regime, acting as a counter-point alongside Russia to the

Asia Pacific Economics

China’s carbon trading market could net positive for investors

This week, China announced plans to launch what will become the world’s largest carbon market in 2017. While this signals long-term optimism surrounding a more environmentally responsible China, the development

Asia Pacific Politics

China’s Xi seeks to reassure on cybercrime, stock market

On his first official state visit to the United States, Chinese president Xi Jinping aims to regain Washington’s trust on China’s commitment to fight cybercrime and hacking, as well as

South and Central Asia Technology and infrastructure

Modi brings ‘Digital India’ to Silicon Valley

Narendra Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit America’s West Coast in over 30 years. Modi is courting American business giants to help empower his Digital India dreams, yet