Economy

The Beijing Consensus: Exporting Authoritarian Governance to Africa

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Africa’s emulation of the China model doesn’t stop at the economy.

Duterte’s Peace Overture to the NPA: Another False Dawn?

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The Duterte administration has signaled a willingness to negotiate with the New People’s Army. But this is merely a first step in a long and tenuous peace process.

Backgrounder: China’s Arctic Strategy

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Beijing isn’t letting geography get in the way of it establishing a robust presence in the next great frontier of geopolitical competition.

Outlook 2020: Oil Markets

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Assessing market risks and potential winners and losers in the year ahead.

Venezuela in Focus: Energy Industry

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Any prospect of wider economic renewal in Venezuela starts and ends with its energy industry.

Venezuela in Focus: Security

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Despite some improvement in crime statistics over the past year, Venezuela remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

Rwanda’s Vision 2020: Fruition or Failure?

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The Rwandan economic miracle is not without its costs.

Tobacco Kills in More Ways than One

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Tobacco smuggling continues to fund trans-national criminal and terrorist networks around the world. But it doesn’t need to be this way.

Outlook 2020: African Debt Levels

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Despite a recent stabilization, African debt levels have some worrying about the continent’s resilience in the event of a global economic downturn.

The Growing Threat of Ecofascism

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Xenophobia and climate change are providing fertile ground for ecofascism to win new converts.

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