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Local retailers have edge in frontier markets

Growing retail markets in Africa and parts of the Middle East carry vast potential for retailers, if they can manage to break into them. In much of the developing world, demand for high-quality, typically western, consumer products has increased. In many African and Middle Eastern cities, malls that sell designer brands are thriving. But international […]

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Why corporate culture needs risk literacy

Risk can be calculated with at least fair amount of confidence. Uncertainty cannot. Therein lies confusion. It is important to recognize the distinction between two fundamental but closely related concepts in risk analysis – the difference between uncertainty and risk. Trouble ensures when companies and organizations fail to develop a clear understanding of the nature […]

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Transport industries on the verge of dramatic change

The trend toward computerization promises to create enhanced efficiency in sectors such as the trucking industry and aviation. However, this shift also threatens to take away jobs. In most supermarkets in London, the check-outs are self-service machines, known by the nifty little acronym SACAT (Semi-Attended Customer Activated Terminal). Instructions on how to place the goods in […]

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3 reasons economists keep forecasting growth wrong

The Fed and IMF again downgraded US growth projections, as they have done repeatedly for the last five years. When the Federal Reserve and the IMF downgraded their forecasts for the US’ growth in 2014 last week, both bodies pointed to the terrible winter weather (that brought the term ‘Polar Vortex’ into the nation’s vocabulary) […]

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5 events to watch before Moldova’s 2014 elections

Moldova’s upcoming elections in November present short-term and long-term political risks. Here are five specific events to watch in the coming months. 1. Short-term support for the European Union The situation in Moldova has been one of overwhelming support for accession to the European Union in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. The ruling Liberal Democratic coalition has […]

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Iran-South America trade suffers as relations thaw with the West

Iran’s relations with South America under former president Ahmadinejad now face a decline in economic cooperation, as Iran mends its ties with the United States. Will improved relations between Iran and the West have economic consequences for South America?  As attention turns to Iran’s tentative cooperation with its geopolitical rival, the United States, in efforts to combat […]

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Disputes from Maracanã to Marikana put pressure on miners

From Brazil to South Africa and beyond, disputes threaten to disrupt the extractive industry. More than ever, mining firms need to address their social and environmental costs in a sustainable way to quell them. All eyes are on the pitches of Brazil where the world’s top footballers are currently battling against one another. But another fight […]

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Sino-Russian gas deal: Alliance or partnership?

Does the recent gas deal between Russia and China signal a broader geopolitical alliance between the two countries, or is it simply an economic partnership? The recent announcement of a massive $400 billion gas deal between Russia and China has rightly been taken as part of a Russian pivot eastward, alongside increasing joint military exercises […]

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EU-India trade agreement stalled by EU politics

The EU and India have negotiated an ambitious free trade agreement since 2007. Yet, an early conclusion of the agreement is highly unlikely as Brussels is in crisis mode.  India and the European Union agreed in 2004 to elevate their ties to the status of a strategic partnership that promised mutual cooperation on a range of issues. […]

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Why Russia is not concerned about the G7

Russia was excluded from this year’s G7 summit due to its threatening behavior in Ukraine. However, this may not be the breakdown in international relations many fear and is probably temporary. At the height of the Cold War in the 1970s, the leaders of the world’s seven most powerful democracies – the United States, Canada, […]

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