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A Lesson in Impunity

    Hun Sen’s increasingly despotic grip on Cambodia, and his family’s oligopoly of the country’s economy, should invite stronger condemnation and countermeasures from the West.   In July of this year, the NGO Global Witness published an excoriating exposé of Hun Sen, prime minister of Cambodia. The thrust of their criticism was directed at […]

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Posted in Asia, Economics, World

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China’s Foreign Investments: the Dilemmas of Myanmar’s Myitsone Project

Here in Britain, the ongoing sagas of the EU referendum result and the planned Hinkley Point nuclear development have cast some light on a typically opaque area of public policy; the negotiation of international economic cooperation and investment. Over five thousand miles away, Myanmar is grappling with similar issues. How does a country balance the […]

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Posted in Asia, Economics

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Aid or Trade? Problems with the UN’s Human Development Figures

  By Amanda Beal and Maria Sofia This past September, many of the world’s leaders gathered in New York to sign the United Nations (UN) new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Numerous man-hours and unspeakable amounts of money have been used to promote this transition and enhance the global partnership for development. However, no one yet […]

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Posted in Africa, Asia, Economics, Global Economy, Humanitarian Intervention, Latin America, UN, World

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The Panama Papers: Reimainging the Moral Force of Law

This piece was originally published by the Centre for Global Constitutionalism The release of over 11.5 million documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian based law firm, has revealed the lengths to which individuals and companies will go to avoid their national tax obligations. When asked about the problem of tax avoidance, President Barack Obama acknowledged that those […]

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Posted in Economics, Global Economy, World

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Poll: Most Bangladeshis See Country Pointed in Right Direction

Recent attacks by extremists have not dampened enthusiasm for future. By Mohammad Ziauddin, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States Bangladesh is headed in the right direction. That’s the conclusion of a new survey conducted by the respected International Republican Institute. IRI, an independent, non-partisan U.S. based organization that assists political parties to achieve good […]

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Posted in Asia, Bangladesh, Economic Security, Economics, Global Economy, Security Issues, Terrorism, World

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The Election That May Change Spain Forever

20D will go down in Spanish history. 20th of December – the Spanish write all of their most important dates in this manner – was the first time voters rejected the duopoly that had governed the country since democracy was reintroduced in 1975. For 40 years power in Spain has been held by either the […]

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Posted in Economics, Europe, Global Economy, World

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Piketty’s Puzzle: Globalization, Inequality and Democracy

One of the most striking trends of modern times, the concentration of global wealth in hands of the very few, has been popularized by Thomas Piketty in his hugely influential Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Piketty argues that the rate of return on capital consistently exceeds the rate of economic growth. In the absence of […]

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Posted in Economics, Global Economy, US, World

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CUBA: Someone Must Spoil the Party.

Since D17 (17th December 2014), when President Obama announced sweeping change in U.S. policy toward Cuba, news about the country has been exciting. Headlines such as ‘Obama making history’, ‘Diplomatic Relations Restored’, ‘Cuba off the Terrorist List’,‘Cuba Reopen D.C. Embassy’, ‘The American Flag being raised outside the U.S. Embassy in Havana’ and ‘American businesses preparing to […]

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Posted in Economics, Global Economy, Latin America, US, World

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Fear or Facts: the Case for ISDS in Modern Trade Agreements

At the stakeholder briefing during the ninth round of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), U.S. chief negotiator Dan Mullaney quipped that everyone was discussing Investor to State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) systems except the negotiators. The latter have not discussed the issue since January 2014, when the European Commission launched a public consultation, […]

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Posted in Asia, China, Economics, Europe, Global Economy, US, World

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South Korea Must Find Its Own Way in The Clash of Titans

‘When whales fight, the shrimp’s back is broken.’ The South Korean government has long viewed itself in terms of this proverb when it comes to its relations with the People’s Republic of China and the United States. The two great powers, in their battle for influence over the Asia-Pacific region, often require that South Korea […]

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Posted in Asia, China, Economics, Global Economy, Security Issues, US, World

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Why Israel Is Losing the Public Relations War

Almost everybody thinks badly of Israel. That’s what a poll published by the BBC World Service in 2014 shows. More precisely, Israel ranks as the fourth most negatively viewed nation, right after North Korea, Pakistan and Iran. What explains the differences between European and American views on Israel, and how does such an overall negative […]

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Posted in Conflict, Economics, Israel, Israeli Palestinian Conflict, Middle East, Political Security, Security Issues, World

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Is Iran Headed For Another Recession?

Garnering over 50 percent of the vote, Hassan Rouhani assumed a decisive victory on June 2013 and became Iran’s new president after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s eight year long reign. Vowing to pull the country out of its sanction filled, depressed economy, he won the elections by a landslide. Less than three months ago, during a December […]

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Posted in Economic Security, Economics, Global Economy, Iran, Middle East, Security Issues, World

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Save TTIP or Risk the Alliance

The European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) have been negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) since 2013. Intended to revive the transatlantic economies by eliminating tariffs and accepting various degrees of regulatory convergence or mutual recognition across a wide range of sectors, and solidify EU-U.S. relations, it now appears to be […]

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Posted in Economic Security, Economics, Europe, Germany, Global Economy, Political Security, Security Issues, US, World

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Focus on Greece Ignores Need for German Economic Reform

With Greek debt negotiations reaching a critical point, it may be time for a reminder that there are more problems within the eurozone than just southern European debt. Austerity rightly remains firmly in the headlines, but looking beyond the struggles in Athens reveals that economic changes may be needed further north. Indeed, while the new […]

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Posted in Economic Security, Economics, Europe, Germany, Global Economy, World

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