Posts in Politics
Reducing Africa’s Infrastructure Deficits

I argue, therefore, that African economies can begin the process of deep integration if infrastructure networks are designed in such a way as to link production centers and distribution hubs across the continent. Indeed, this would emulate, under Africa’s own conditions, the networks of trade utilized by developed economies.

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Big Tech: The Good, The Bad, and The Antitrust Argument

However, for all the good these companies have done for us, their dominating nature provides the opportunity to completely control innumerable aspects of our lives with no consequences for their actions – something that should also be considered.

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Petrocaribe: The Inefficient Regional Organization

Venezuela must use oil as a diplomatic mechanism to achieve its objectives. However, the nation must have a coherent and realistic foreign policy through which it could obtain economic benefits and/or true allies in the Caribbean region.

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The Vietnam Model: North Korea’s Next Step?

However, a saving grace that might come out of the talk is a suggestion from the US to follow a Vietnam’s path: the idea that a communist regime can pursue market-oriented policies without sacrificing the legitimacy of the government. In truth, this model of economic development is far and few in today’s world; other than China, the remaining Communist states, Vietnam, Laos, and Cuba, show nowhere near the same economic prowess.

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When the Arctic Melts: Interests In the Freezing North

On top of the resources and shipping routes that countries will undoubtedly be prone to claim, the Arctic Sea itself is an interesting new border for the nations in the Arctic Circle.  

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Pipeline Politics

Critics worry that expanding the combined capacity of the two Nord Stream pipelines will only increase Europe’s reliance on Russia for its energy needs; this dependency is dangerous in a time when relations between Russia and the West are especially heated.

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Heating Up: Tensions in US-India Strategic Defense Partnership

A political dilemma for the United States: embrace hypocrisy for the hand of much needed partnership in the region, or slap harsh economic sanctions and potentially lose a powerful ally.

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