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4 things the world in 2014 has in common with 1914

There are striking parallels between the world in 1914 and 2014. While we may not see another world war break out, the various challenges confronting the world today and the risks they starkly hint at should serve caution to those seeking to do business in the international arena. June 28th of this year marked the […]

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3 good investments in Modi’s India

What will be the economic impact of Narenda Modi’s election as prime minister of India? On June 11, 2014, Narendra Modi delivered his first speech as prime minister of India in the Lok. The first member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to hold the post in a decade and with a fairly resounding win […]

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India’s domestic whiskey industry difficult to tap

India remains the world’s largest consumer of whiskey, an industry worth about $10 billion. Foreign whiskey brands, however, have struggled to capture the market due to a complicated federal tax structure, high import duties and policies favoring domestic producers. With more than 550 million votes cast in an election that spanned from April 7th to May 12th, India has finally […]

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Four Countries that beat the resource curse

Four countries that have successfully navigated the potential pitfalls of natural resource wealth provide examples of how best to avoid falling victim to the “paradox of plenty.” A quick look at emerging powers and the world as a whole reveals the importance and power that certain resources can bring.  Whether it’s Russia using its significant […]

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Nigeria tackles its pension problems

Nigeria’s recent pension reform seeks to make significant changes to the current system and signals Nigeria may be a good investment. On April 8, 2014 the Nigerian Senate passed the Pension Reform Act of 2014 which repeals the Reform Act of 2004. Following the vote, the upper house of the Nigerian legislature has asked President […]

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BJP raises doubts over future of big business in India

Ahead of elections in India, a recent position paper by the BJP has provoked worry and consternation by those seeking to do business in this major economy. With the political party likely to build off gains from state elections, the ‘statement of intent’ may indicate the future of business in the country. On April 7, India began its national […]

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Sanctions against Russia cause greater capital inflows to Brazil

The Russian Federation’s actions in the Crimea continue to reverberate throughout the world. Far away from Eastern Europe, even Brazil is likely to feel the effects of Russian choices as short-term capital inflows increase. In response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in Ukraine, the United States in conjunction with key allies in Europe and elsewhere have pushed […]

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Queues of Indian Voters; Source; Al Jazeera English via Wikipedia

India’s nuclear energy future at risk in elections

As Indian voters go to the polls this month, the choices they make in the voting booth will mark the future of nuclear energy in India. The young Aam Aadmi Party promotes an anti-nuclear platform that may significantly influence the country’s future energy composition. On Monday, April 7, the world’s largest democratic elections began in what […]

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Lack of energy sector reform holds back Russian economy

Russia remains a leading worldwide energy exporter, but its energy sector remains a laggard in desperate need of modernization. Governmental corruption and a restricted domestic market both stand in the way of infrastructure improvement. Global attention on Russia’s actions toward Ukraine has pulled the dynamics of Russia’s economy into the spotlight. Much of the talk […]

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5 energy problems confronting India

India is the world’s fourth largest energy consumer. Its energy needs continue to increase, but national energy shortages and an inadequate energy infrastructure could perpetuate national energy poverty. On March 12, 2014, India and the United States renewed talks regarding cooperation on clean energy. The talks concluded positively with memorandums of understanding for the two […]

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