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International Politics

10 Unexpected but Well-Governed Countries

Everyone knows that the Scandinavian countries have great welfare systems, low levels of corruption and highly responsive governments. Just as everyone knows that Singapore and Hong Kong have incredibly efficient

Economics Latin America

Can Startups Solve Brazil’s Protectionist Problem?

Can promoting startups in Brazil rejuvenate the country’s economic image and kick start the growth that Brasilia is looking for? Brazil’s eagerness to join the international governance club is no

Latin America Politics

Evo Morales’ Third Term Diminishes Hope for Democracy

As Evo Morales increasing works against his own constitutional amendments, democratic prospects in Bolivia are shrinking. Evo Morales came to power in 2006 as Bolivia’s first indigenous president. During his

Economics North America

The Myth of the U.S as Petrostate

Guest blogger Christopher Jackson argues that the U.S. will not achieve an export boost from shale gas, as domestic demand is rising faster than production. Christopher is an expert on

North America Politics South and Central Asia

Flourishing US-Russia economic ties over political rifts?

The U.S and Russia are pursuing economic ties as Moscow finally joins the WTO and political rifts are put aside. Last year, following eighteen years of harsh negotiations, Russia finally

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Tensions with Iran prevent economic cooperation in Afghanistan

Western tensions with, and sanctions against, Iran prevent cooperation which could promote an economically stable Afghanistan. Several months ago, reports surfaced indicating that the United States was unknowingly buying mixed,

Economics North America

Global imbalances put pressure on the Dollar

Trade imbalances put the Dollar at risk, at state of affairs that is overdue for a correction, as China matures and the U.S reins in consumption. Perhaps the most fundamental

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

The Dragon looks North: China’s emerging Arctic policy

The future potential of an Arctic shipping corridor has caught China’s attention, as Beijing increases its involvement in the region. The Mandarin translation for the word ‘crisis’ is ‘危机’ (wei

Asia Pacific Security

U.S. Should Hedge China-Myanmar Relationship

As Myanmar gradually opens to the international community, the United States should remain cautious and hedge due to the role of China in the country. Policy Issue Myanmar, located at

North America Technology and infrastructure

The road to fiber optic Internet

These days, it is hard to turn on a computer without hearing something about fiber optic Internet access, but without any context, it can be difficult to separate rhetoric from