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Paris climate deal a positive step, but major changes are far off

Paris climate deal a positive step, but major changes are far off

APART from the collapse of world oil prices, 2015’s most important energy event was the Paris meeting on climate change. After a fortnight [...]

Latin American growth held back as leaders stumble

Latin American growth held back as leaders stumble

LATIN America has reached an inflection point. Recent developments suggest that parts of the region will make significant economic strides [...]

Mozambique’s gas boom may go sour on guerrilla politics

Mozambique’s gas boom may go sour on guerrilla politics

WITH an annual average growth rate of close to 7 percent over the past decade, Mozambique has asserted itself as one of Africa’s most [...]

Fatigue over war in Ukraine may bring accommodation with Russia

Fatigue over war in Ukraine may bring accommodation with Russia

SINCE Ukraine gained independence in 1991, its relations with Russia have never been normal. Major crises are always liable to break out. [...]

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India’s foreign policy puts smaller neighbors into focus

India’s foreign policy puts smaller neighbors into focus

BUILDING a new level of trust with his country’s smaller neighbors is a foreign policy priority for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. [...]

Brazil reaches tipping point as crises come to a head

Brazil reaches tipping point as crises come to a head

THE DRAMA of Brazil’s immense political and economic crisis has reached a sort of “ground zero” point, from which it can develop in any [...]

Peru’s 2016 elections focus on growth and dysfunctional politics

Peru’s 2016 elections focus on growth and dysfunctional politics

PERU’S gross domestic product is estimated to have grown by 2.8 percent in 2015 – an excellent result when seen against the background of [...]

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TPP to have profound impact on geopolitics in Asia-Pacific

TPP to have profound impact on geopolitics in Asia-Pacific

EAST Asia’s geopolitical future over the next 18 to 24 months will hinge on whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact is [...]

IMF bends rules in risky effort to bail out Ukraine

IMF bends rules in risky effort to bail out Ukraine

ON DECEMBER 18, 2015, Ukraine announced it had no intention of honoring a $3 billion Eurobond loan owed to Russia that would mature on [...]

Europe’s economic weaknesses risk becoming new crises

Europe’s economic weaknesses risk becoming new crises

EUROPE’S leaders have failed to solve the structural problems revealed by the crisis of 2008. Nor have they grappled with issues that have [...]

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Argentina’s new government faces challenge with energy subsidies

Argentina’s new government faces challenge with energy subsidies

ARGENTINE President Mauricio Macri must cope with an energy sector in dire straits. Policy over the past decade has been inconsistent and [...]

Low investment will not necessarily lead to oil price spike

Low investment will not necessarily lead to oil price spike

TODAY’S relatively low price of oil seems to have reconciled the otherwise conflicting interests of the world’s largest producers and [...]

Hungary's deal with Rosatom may be hard for EU to stop

Hungary's deal with Rosatom may be hard for EU to stop

Hungary is officially upbeat about its deal with Russia to expand the Paks-2 nuclear plant. But behind the hurrah-optimism of Prime Minister [...]

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Economy and wars will soon determine Putin’s future

Economy and wars will soon determine Putin’s future

THE OUTLOOK for Russia this year is more complex and harder to predict than at any point since President Vladimir Putin took power 16 years [...]

Terror, political transitions threaten fast-growing sub-Sahara

Terror, political transitions threaten fast-growing sub-Sahara

SUB-SAHARAN Africa is poised for another year of fast economic growth in 2016. But countries of the region must contend with falling [...]

A girl band and North Korea’s alleged hydrogen bomb

A girl band and North Korea’s alleged hydrogen bomb

ON THE morning of January 6, 2016, the people in the Yanbian region of China’s Jilin province felt the earth rumble. Tables and chairs in [...]

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Mistral purchase could give Egypt a ‘light’ carrier battle group

Mistral purchase could give Egypt a ‘light’ carrier battle group

Two Mistral-class warships equipped with Russian Ka-52K naval attack helicopters can enhance Egypt’s naval capabilities with what is [...]

The crumbling fortress: Europe’s heartless refugee and asylum policy

The crumbling fortress: Europe’s heartless refugee and asylum policy

During a public television debate on asylum and refugee policy in July 2015, a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, Reem Sahwil, asked German [...]

The common European home is turning into a madhouse

The common European home is turning into a madhouse

The European Union is like a family. You set up a house in which everyone can have his or her room and live in peace, in harmony with [...]

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