Archive | May, 2013
Jordan water scarcity

Water Scarcity in Jordan Increases with Refugee Flows

An article published May 26 in The Jordan Times reported that Jordan’s water demand would increase by 16% in 2013, contributing to a doubling of the country’s water deficit. This latest development is due in large part to the substantial influx of Syrian refugees into the kingdom, whose population is projected to increase by 20% […]

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Gas pipeline tubes

Ukraine Could Become Europe’s Next Energy Hub

During recent meetings between the EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger and Ukraine’s energy minister Eduard Stavytsky, Stavytsky declared, “Ukraine is working to become an energy hub, producing its own gas, developing storage and importing from both the European Union and Russia.” While it would be highly desirable for both Ukraine and the EU, certain difficulties […]

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Recife, Brazil

Can Startups Solve Brazil’s Protectionist Problem?

Brazil’s eagerness to join the international governance club is no secret. With this month’s election of Brazilian diplomat Robert Azêvedo as the new head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the country has gotten another taste of the international leadership roundtable – and the responsibilities that come with it – as it continues to lobby […]

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Tiananmen Square

Chinese Liberalisation 2.0 Shifts Back to the Free Market

The People’s Republic of China appears set to begin a new economic policy that will place less emphasis on state planning and development of industry and more emphasis on the free market and private businesses, according to Prime Minister Li Keqiang. It is too soon to tell if these policies will usher in economic stability […]

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Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Shipping Industry Can Aid Greek Recovery

by Stratos Skrimizeas The past three years have been one of the most difficult periods in Greece’s modern history. G. A. Papandreou’s government signed the first Memorandum with the Troika (European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund) in May 2010, but living standards have since only worsened, with significant job losses, wage […]

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Evo Morales

Evo Morales’ Third Term Diminishes Hope for Democracy

Evo Morales came to power in 2006 as Bolivia’s first indigenous president. During his first term, Morales made a promising and inspiring amendment to the constitution that henceforth allowed only one presidential re-election. Not only did this act signify a step towards further democratisation, following the establishment of democratic rule in Bolivia in 1982, it […]

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May 16 Kidnapping Sparks Security Policy Debate in Egypt

On the 16th of May a group of gunmen conducted a daring attack against Egyptian security forces in Sinai . They kidnapped seven people, of which six were border control police and one an army soldier, who were heading back to their homes to spend their holiday. Seven days after the kidnapping the soldiers were […]

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Foreign Enterprises Address DRC Conflict Mineral Trade

The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II. The country has the lowest nominal GDP per capita in the world, and over 5.5 million people have died since 1998. Yet, according to the 2010 Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) report, the government received over $875M in government […]

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Oil Barrels

The Myth of the American Petrostate

Guest blogger Christopher Jackson argues that the U.S. will not achieve an export boost from shale gas, as domestic demand is rising faster than production. Christopher is an expert on energy and maritime issues and is a consultant based in London, England.  Foreign Policy’s latest article on how shale gas will transform the U.S. into […]

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Francois Hollande

Collapse of the Left’s Economic Agenda in the Eurozone

“Hollande has not given us anything different. It’s nothing like his election pledges.” These are, more often than not, the views of the French towards their President. François Hollande was elected in 2012 on a platform railing austerity and the financial markets’ monopoly of capital. The Left provided hope to the French of an alternative […]

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