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Planned reforms bring hope for Guinea-Bissau

Planned reforms bring hope for Guinea-Bissau

YEARS of political turmoil and violence could be left behind and 2015 could signal a turning point for Guinea-Bissau with its new Prime [...]

Why Nato is a necessary force for the future

Why Nato is a necessary force for the future

SINCE 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) has played a direct role in keeping the North Atlantic region safe and secure. And [...]

China’s AIIB could help global infrastructure projects

China’s AIIB could help global infrastructure projects

THE INTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund and the World Bank, two Bretton Woods’ institutions established in 1944, remain, although the landmark [...]

Coal dominates India's growing energy need despite 'green' effort

Coal dominates India's growing energy need despite 'green' effort

INDIA is set to overtake China as the world’s most populous country by 2030. Its large population of nearly 1.3 billion - and growing - [...]

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Putin on mischief-making exercise in search for new allies

Putin on mischief-making exercise in search for new allies

THE SERIOUS deterioration in relations between Russia and the European Union has forced Moscow to embark on a search for economic allies, [...]

Japan looks to forge new links with its Asian neighbours

Japan looks to forge new links with its Asian neighbours

POLITICAL relations between Japan and its east Asian neighbours are still frosty more than two years after leadership changes in the three [...]

‘Historic’ nuclear deal with Iran provides huge benefits

‘Historic’ nuclear deal with Iran provides huge benefits

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama called the interim nuclear deal with Iran ‘historic’ within two hours of the agreement in Lausanne, Switzerland. [...]

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China uses steel demand slowdown as weapon in war against pollution

China uses steel demand slowdown as weapon in war against pollution

STEEL production has been a central focus of economic policy in the People’s Republic of China for a long time. It formed the backbone of [...]

Oil price cut offers Algeria economic opportunity

Oil price cut offers Algeria economic opportunity

ALGERIA, sitting on gas and oil resources in North Africa, has become a regional power. But despite its natural wealth, the majority of its [...]

Egypt settles for cooperation over the Nile's waters

Egypt settles for cooperation over the Nile's waters

THE RIVER Nile, the main source of water for hundreds of millions of people, is under increasing pressure. The river’s capacity to maintain [...]

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Ukraine’s key role in future of European energy supplies

Ukraine’s key role in future of European energy supplies

GUENTHER Oettinger, former energy commissioner for the European Union, warned of worse scenarios facing Ukraine this winter after Russia had [...]

How China plans to clean up its energy act

How China plans to clean up its energy act

‘NEW NORMAL’ is the tone set by Beijing for the future of the Chinese economy. And the ramifications for the nation’s future energy plans [...]

Ukraine's gas storage could help Europe's energy security

Ukraine's gas storage could help Europe's energy security

UKRAINE’S current and future energy security lies, more than ever, in integrating into the European Union’s common energy market following [...]

More Defence & Security
Russia no match for Nato despite massive military upgrade

Russia no match for Nato despite massive military upgrade

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin doubled the number of troops taking part in snap military drills across Russia in March 2015 to 80,000. The [...]

Defence deals see a major shift in Indian-US relations

Defence deals see a major shift in Indian-US relations

INDIA is enhancing its military and security ties with the United States - the world’s largest arms exporter - in a bid to overhaul a [...]

Tensions mount in Balkans as Russia develops its influence

Tensions mount in Balkans as Russia develops its influence

FEARS of an eastern crisis spreading towards the Balkans during 2015 have mounted since the first post-Cold War invasion by the Russian army [...]

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Matteo Renzi - Italy's prime minister polarises opinion

Matteo Renzi - Italy's prime minister polarises opinion

ECONOMISTS do not always present a unified view but they challenge us to think, writes Italian resident and former Australian politician [...]

How education can benefit as part of foreign policy

How education can benefit as part of foreign policy

IN AN era in which goods, services, capital, and people routinely cross borders, diplomacy and multi-lateral policy-making has become more [...]

Is Kosovo in Russia's sights for Ukraine-style conflict?

Is Kosovo in Russia's sights for Ukraine-style conflict?

JOHN KERRY, the US Secretary of State, has issued a stark warning that Kosovo is one of a number of European countries which are in line of [...]

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