Economy

Petropolitics 101: The Case of Guyana

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Guyana failed to evade the “resource curse” once. Will it happen again?

Strong USD Spells Trouble for Borrowers in Emerging Markets

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A strong USD could savage those who borrowed heavily in the currency, whether a state-owned corporation like Mexico’s Pemex or a resource-dependent sovereign like Nigeria.

Russia’s ‘National Projects’ in Need of a Lift

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A Keynesian stimulus program has been beset by delays and the private sector’s reluctance to get involved.

South Asia Braces for COVID-19 Lockdown

India COVID, Press Information Office, government of India, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Minister_visiting_the_Coronavirus_Quarantine_Centre.jpg

The region’s leaders are about to face the ultimate test.

Ethiopia: COVID-19 & Constitutional Crisis

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed must stem the spread of both COVID-19 and ethnic strife if his new Prosperity Party is to prevail in this year’s elections.

China Bashers Strike Out in the South China Sea

Fishing boats in the South China Sea, cc Frank Starmer, flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Setting the record straight on a recent GPM editorial on the South China Sea.

China Enlists Academics in South China Sea Propaganda War

The USS Ronald Reagan transits the South China Sea, cc Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ / SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 5, 2016) The Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits the South China Sea. Ronald Reagan, the Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) flagship, is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released) 160705-N-OI810-110

Propaganda won’t change ground-level facts in the South China Sea.

COVID-19: Economic Impact Round-up (3-19-2020)

COVID19-virus, cc Flickr NIAID, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Recounting global disruptions from the COVID-19 outbreak, along with the growing list of government stimulus initiatives deployed to mitigate them.

COVID-19: Make or Break Time for the Euro

euro, cc Flickr Enrico Matteucci, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Greek sovereign debt crisis left cracks in the foundation of the grand experiment of the euro. Will COVID-19 pry them open?

US Debt to Spike in Wake of COVID-19

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The US government debt load was already teetering on the precipice of becoming unmanageable - then COVID-19 hit.

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