Economy

Global Forecast (07-17-2018)

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Belt and Road’s Kenya railway starts off in the red, Trump and Putin leave a lasting impression in Helsinki, and Japan and the EU buck the protectionist trend with a free trade deal.

Sudan Might Be Open for Business, but Only for the Intrepid

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It’s going to take creativity, hard work, and patience, but with some luck we may be looking at a new African economic powerhouse in the years to come.

Africa: Playground for Asian Powers

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Indo-Japan Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) are playing to their strengths as the competition for Africa heats up.

Trump Fires Another Volley in US-China Trade War

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With all avenues to an easy de-escalation now blocked, President Trump’s latest round of tariffs suggests that the US-China trade war is here to stay.

Central Asia in 2018: What’s the Future of the C5+1?

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Washington has been making minor inroads into Central Asia, but will it be enough to stave off diplomatic irrelevance vis-à-vis China and Russia?

Trump’s Trade Policy Is an Own Goal for American Consumers

President Donald J. Trump speaks to members of the public and media Oct. 11, 2017, in an aircraft hangar at the 193rd Special Operations Wing, Middletown, Pennsylvania. The president discussed his plans for tax reform at the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tony Harp/Released)

President Trump underestimated the resolve of EU policymakers, and consumers worldwide are about to pay for it.

South China Sea Dispute: The Philippines

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In the fourth article of our series on South China Sea claimants, we examine the historical reasoning, diplomacy, and military dimensions of the Philippine claim.

Will the 2018 Elections Truly Reshape Mexico?

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It’s hard to separate the reality from the hype surrounding Mexico’s new president.

TAP Pipeline: Look Who’s Switching Off the Gas This Time

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It's not Moscow, but the new government in Rome that might be turning off the TAP and dooming the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline project.

Amid Strikes and Protests, Iran Braces for a New Wave of Sanctions

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Tehran tries to put one fire out while preparing for an inferno.

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