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How Russia will cope with falling oil prices

How Russia will cope with falling oil prices

THE DOLLAR price of oil has dropped about 45 per cent in less than six months. Unsurprisingly, net importers are happy. Growth in the [...]

Seeking policy choices to solve Ukraine crisis

Seeking policy choices to solve Ukraine crisis

VARIOUS and mostly disconnected, trends and events in late 2014 indicate that the main antagonists in the world are no longer driven by [...]

Russia goes for broke in record military spending spree

Russia goes for broke in record military spending spree

RUSSIAN military spending is increasing significantly and may require the West to rethink its defence strategy, writes World Review expert [...]

Europe eyes countries in energy ellipse for Russia alternative

Europe eyes countries in energy ellipse for Russia alternative

EUROPE is looking at countries within the so-called oil and gas rich ‘strategic energy ellipse’ to replace its dependence on Russian energy, [...]

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Western Balkans look to China, Russia and UAE to fund infrastructure

Western Balkans look to China, Russia and UAE to fund infrastructure

A EUROPEAN Union decision to restrict enlargement and not include western Balkan countries before 2020 has created a geopolitical vacuum [...]

Russia and China’s marriage of convenience raises tensions with the West

Russia and China’s marriage of convenience raises tensions with the West

TENSIONS have increased globally over the last two years and accelerated in the autumn of 2014 with the start of a new Cold War between [...]

How China uses tradition and cliche to further its global rise

How China uses tradition and cliche to further its global rise

CHINA is a modern, dynamic nation but one that is enveloped in cliche and stereotype. To understand how the West – to its detriment - [...]

More Economics
China becoming a player in the innovation game

China becoming a player in the innovation game

CHINA is often derided as the great imitator, a maker of cheap fakes and an intellectual property thief. But in the world of technological [...]

Ukraine's financial timebomb set to explode

Ukraine's financial timebomb set to explode

UKRAINE'S viability as a sovereign state is in doubt. The prospect of a default by Kiev, and the spectre of a European Union bailout, are [...]

Eurozone is still vulnerable to rise in interest rates

Eurozone is still vulnerable to rise in interest rates

THE EUROZONE is not in good shape: growth is close to zero, unemployment is high, and some countries remain vulnerable to how the business [...]

More Energy
Russia’s key energy industry hit by West’s sanctions

Russia’s key energy industry hit by West’s sanctions

RUSSIA, the world’s second-largest oil producer after Saudi Arabia, provides more than 13 per cent of the world’s oil. Its oil production [...]

Oil-producing countries vulnerable as world energy prices fall

Oil-producing countries vulnerable as world energy prices fall

FALLING oil prices from a peak of more than US$125 per barrel in early 2012 to US$80 in October 2014 appear to reflect a weakening global [...]

Top businesses back Japan’s energy move to hydrogen

Top businesses back Japan’s energy move to hydrogen

WITH the horrors of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident still vivid in people’s minds, the contours of Japan’s new energy strategy are [...]

More Defence & Security
Frozen conflict in east Ukraine stirs fears of repeating Georgia war

Frozen conflict in east Ukraine stirs fears of repeating Georgia war

NEWS FROM the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine is increasingly confused. The good news is that warnings by Ukraine that the pro-Russian [...]

Islamist surge must be a wake-up call for the West

Islamist surge must be a wake-up call for the West

THE WESTERN coalition of forces currently operating in Iraq and Syria against ISIS - the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria - has seen fit to [...]

Sweden puts security of Baltic states at risk

Sweden puts security of Baltic states at risk

THE RUSSIAN military is flexing its muscles, and Ukraine is not alone in feeling the heat. In the Baltic states, security is also at [...]

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Relationships between world powers: Can economics and politics be separated?

Relationships between world powers: Can economics and politics be separated?

IN HIS 1910 book The Great Illusion (1910), British economist Norman Angell discussed the futility of wars in a world of states which are [...]

How state behaviour is moulded by geostrategic concerns

How state behaviour is moulded by geostrategic concerns

THE ANNEXATION of Crimea in March 2014 is now considered to be a watershed event in post-Cold War world geopolitics, writes World Review [...]

China’s island building project protects vital oil supplies

China’s island building project protects vital oil supplies

BEIJING’S land reclamation project in the South China Sea’s disputed Spratly Archipelago, bringing barely submerged islets above the [...]

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