Archive | January, 2014

EU accession key to Serbia’s economic future

Serbia hopes that European Union entry will lift it out of economic crisis and into prosperity. Deteriorating public finances and conflicts with neighbors, however, undermine confidence in a smooth accession. The European Union has begun accession talks with Serbia, with the goal of finishing negotiations by 2018 and joining forces by 2020. The former Yugoslav […]

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The Diaoyu Islands may be China’s Islas Malvinas

China’s combative strategy, which is not supported by its actual military capabilities, risks more than it is likely to gain. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius Thirty-five years ago, China launched a strategic policy of “peaceful rise.” Its goal was to foster Chinese economic […]

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5 takeaways from the US court ruling against net neutrality

What should we make of a federal court’s shooting down the FCC’s net neutrality regulations? A US federal court recently ruled that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2010 regulations enforcing net neutrality overstepped its legal authority. Here is what to make of the ruling. But first, what is net neutrality? In short, it is an […]

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Relations between Iran and UAE begin to improve

The interim deal with Iran could prove an economic boon to the UAE. Close trade relations plus the growing congruence of diplomatic opinion between the U.S., the UAE’s most important security partner, and Iran, means that the country is well-positioned to reap the rewards from looser sanctions and more trade. The world’s eyes are on […]

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Mexico drug cartel violence

Gang and cartel violence threatens Mexico’s economic goals

Mexican government forces have stepped up security measures in an attempt to quell clashes between vigilante groups and drug cartels in several towns. Over the last year, vigilante groups have sprung up all over the Western state of Michoacán in response to the continuous intimidation of cartel groups, the most prominent being the Knights Templar. […]

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Sustainability fears drive water investment in the Gulf

Representatives from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states met recently in Kuwait to discuss the construction of a new pipeline in the region. At a projected cost of $10.5 billion for 2000km it would be one of the world’s longest and most expensive pipelines. However, rather than oil it will carry something of even more value. […]

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Readmission agreement renews hope between EU and Turkey

The signing of the readmission agreement and the initiation of the visa liberalization dialogue between Turkey and the EU may open the road to further economic integration. On 16 December 2013, Turkey and the European Union initiated the visa liberalization dialogue to work towards the elimination of visa requirements for Turkish citizens traveling to the […]

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Brazil embraces immigration reform

Brazil has announced plans for a streamlined work visa application for skilled foreign workers, which should help fill its current skilled labor shortage. 2013 brought plenty of difficulties for Brazil. Mass protests over the summer, spurred by increases in public transportation fares, resulted in many questioning the viability and endurance of the Brazilian economy and […]

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Is Greece politically ready for a return to the markets?

The Greek government claims a return to the markets in the second half of 2014, while the country’s European partners argue for the potential necessity of a third bailout. The likelihood for a bailout exit within the next year remains low. But political stability, if accomplished, can pave the way. During festivities for the Greek […]

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Cuba’s reforms need more power to attract investment

Cuba has undergone reforms during Raul Castro’s presidency, but they continue to progress slowly and lack substance. Still, the atmosphere is right for Cuba to make some improvements to its foreign relations, which could help its economy. In 2006 when President Fidel Castro stepped down due to poor health, his brother Raul energetically took the […]

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