Commodities

Germany Veers toward Recession in 3Q

BMWMuseum, cc Flickr Sergei Gussev https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/,modified,

Amid trade wars and the uncertainty of Brexit, Europe’s economic engine has begun to sputter.

US-China Trade War and Iranian Oil: Market Disruptions Ahead?

President Trump visits China in 2017; Whitehouse.gov, modified, public domain

Risks are mounting on both the supply and demand side of global oil markets.

Trump, Carter, and the Folly of Trade Wars

Jimmy Carter, cc Joe Haupt, modified, Flickr, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Unless President Trump heeds the lessons of the Carter administration, he’ll be doomed to repeat its failings at the ballot box.

Reserve Judgment: Arbitrating Energy Disputes in Africa

Cairo Skyline / cc Flickr wikiphotographer, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

From new bilateral investment treaties to the rise of regional arbitration centers, the rules of the game for African foreign investment are changing – and investors need to change with them.

Gold as Geostrategic Asset: The Once and Future King?

US Mint (coin), National Numismatic Collection (photograph by Jaclyn Nash) - National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History

Gold has carried an intrinsic value since the dawn of human civilization, and there’s no reason to believe this value won’t come back into play in a post-US dollar global financial system.

Glacier Watch: Indus Basin

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Pakistan’s water issues will go from bad to worse after glaciers in the Indus Basin pass the peak water mark later this century.

FDI in Ethiopia: Is “Abiymania” Enough?

Ethiopia at the African Union, cc Flickr Office of the Prime Minister - Ethiopia, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Ethiopia’s new prime minister is popular enough to spawn his own ‘mania.’ But beneath the economic success story of the past year lurks the potential for new conflicts.

Innovation or Disruption? The Prospects for Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency

Zuckerberg, cc Flickr Maurizio Pesce, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency won’t necessarily succeed in overhauling the global status quo. But odds are that something like it will.

How Iraq Is Helping Iran Survive US Sanctions

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, Baghdad, Iraq, May 7, 2019., cc Flickr US Department of State, modified, http://www.usa.gov/copyright.shtml

There seems little Washington can do to prevent Iraq becoming a key Iranian trading partner and energy customer.

EU Inks Free Trade Deal with Mercosur

Mercosul-04-jul-2005, cc Ricardo Stuckert/PR via www.agenciabrasil.gov.br, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mercosul-04-jul-2005.jpeg

Completed following decades of negotiation, the deal will create a market of over 770 million people. Was it worth the wait?

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