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Energy shortfall reshapes Japan’s foreign policy

Since the Fukushima disaster, Japan has been forced to import much of its energy. This has created significant geo-political and economic risks and has reshaped its foreign policy. In June, Toshikazu Okuya, Director of Japan’s Energy Supply and Demand Office, presented Japan’s fourth strategic energy plan. The plan details policy options for addressing Japan’s future […]

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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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US Decline Series: 3 cities prove US isn’t losing its edge

The age-old debate over the United States in decline deserves a look at the continued strength and rise of US cities. Here we look at three cities that deny the popular argument. Since the end of World War II, shifts in economic power and global politics have caused the world to brace for the inevitable […]

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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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What US oil boom can learn from Australia and Canada

You will hear it out of many a national politician’s mouth: the US will become energy independent under his or her ambitious plan. It is an alluring idea: stop bankrolling politically unstable regimes and instead keep the money at home. Up until now, those have been empty words. But the fracking boom has made that idea a […]

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FATCA is a big leap in tax enforcement

The US pushes to strengthen tax enforcement with an act set to come into force this July. The benefits are clear, but it remains to be seen how the costs of the new measure will impact the markets. Tax evasion and so-called tax havens can cause major national and international problems. When governments receive less tax revenue, […]

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Arctic nations continue militarizing the Arctic

Arctic nations have in recent years unveiled plans to upgrade military capabilities, allowing for operations in the harsh Arctic region. Yet while these developments affirm the increased strategic value of the Arctic, tensions in the north are unlikely to arise. In 2007, Russia symbolically staked its claim to the waters around the North Pole by […]

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Uganda’s anti-homosexuality law could force oil industry development

Foreign aid to Uganda ended abruptly following a measure recently signed into law prohibiting homosexuality. Uganda may have to rely on developing its oil industry to offset the loss of foreign aid.  On February 25, 2014 President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni signed a controversial anti-homosexuality measure into law. The measure increases penalties for those suspected […]

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Can monetary policy address U.S. long-term unemployment?

With Janet Yellen newly confirmed as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, investors are now parsing her testimony to gain insight on the future direction of interest rates.   One particularly interesting piece of her testimony involved the persistence of long-term unemployment and a high number of part-time workers: “These observations underscore the importance of considering more than the […]

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Panama Canal deadlock rattles shipping industry

The Panama Canal expansion is a project of huge dimensions, and the shipping industry tries to tailor ships to its prospective needs. The project recently came to a halt rattling several industries, which are relying on the future benefits the project will bring. In December 2013 the expansion of the Panama Canal came to a […]

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