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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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Ukraine crisis forces US to keep military in Europe

The United States must work with a politically divided Europe to face down Russia. The Ukrainian crisis will force the US to keep a strong presence despite the wish to scale down and focus on its shift towards Asia. The US Army’s current presence in Europe is approximately 30,000 troops, mainly the 2nd Cavalry in […]

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China plans multi-continent high-speed railway

China has announced plans to build a network of high-speed rail lines across several continents. Pollution, cost and safety concerns could be major obstacles to implementing the plan. In China’s latest efforts to demonstrate its technological advancement and ingenuity, the Chinese Academy of Engineering has announced a plan to build a high-speed railway that would take […]

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French economic malaise spurs regional doubts

France’s dour political and economic climate puts European economic progress in doubt. Highest unemployment in 16 years and the worst Presidential polling approval in French history contribute to a worrying outlook for the eurozone. It is a frenetic time for European officials – politically, economically and diplomatically. When you think of the major issues facing Europe […]

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UK is reviving nuclear energy in Europe with higher costs

The British government recently made a deal with French-owned EDF, Arriva and Chinese investors to continue with the development of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset. This represents a major step in David Cameron’s energy strategy, as energy increasingly becomes a focal point of the next general elections campaign. On 21 October the […]

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PM kidnapping shows Libya in chaos

Since the fall of the Gaddafi regime, the level of instability in Libya has become increasingly tenuous. Security Sector Reform (SSR) has been grossly neglected, resulting in a hotbed of militia activity, criminality and lawlessness. An influx of readily available weaponry has heightened the danger present in Libya at every level. In a pinnacle moment, […]

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Can an EU in Crisis Handle the Radical Right?

Extremist far-right parties have gained popular support throughout Europe. These groups have slowly penetrated parliaments in Austria, France, Hungary, Italy, and the Netherlands. While the 1920s fascists based their discourse largely on the exploitation of the scapegoat of the Jewish-Masonic and Communist conspiracies, current extremist parties often run and gain popular support through anti-immigration, racist […]

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Greenland’s Energy Slowly Reveals Itself

One of the most visible effects of global climate change in recent years, is the thawing of Arctic ice, which could have particularly disastrous consequences by raising global sea levels or even shift the entire Gulf Stream. Nevertheless, this thawing also presents exciting opportunities, especially for those interested in Greenland’s energy reserves. According to official data […]

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Is Shale Gas Excitement in Eastern Europe Unwarranted?

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as it is commonly known, is the method of extracting natural gas from shale rock. Despite environmental concerns over the process of pumping water and chemicals deep into the earth to force out gas which is otherwise trapped, some say that a European shale revolution is on its way. Countries such […]

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ASEAN Continues to Integrate – 3rd Parties Must Keep Up

When the French Foreign Minister delivered his address on 2 August 2013 to the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) in Jakarta, he began his keynote speech by stating that his visit is the first among French ministers. The speech was set against the introduction of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) – liberalisation and harmonisation in several areas of the ASEAN […]

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