Economy and Security
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 12:27
Venezuela's socialist government is struggling to put food on the shelves amid runaway inflation. Brazil's president is facing calls for impeachment. And even Cuba's communist government, an iconic touchstone for generations of leftists, is embracing closer ties with the U.S.
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 06:54
Venezuela’s economic woes started long before the current downturn in oil prices and the start of Maduro’s administration. The blame for recession, inflation, dwindling foreign reserves, debt, and shortages must be laid on the nature of the country’s regime, which disincentivized its leaders from competently managing the oil boom, and is now crippling the government’s ability to respond to the downturn.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 06:50
The latest draft of the Eastern Partnership declaration prepared for the bloc's Riga summit next month contains little good news for EU hopefuls Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, and highlights the shrinking ambitions of the European Union in its eastern neighborhood.
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 06:33
The U.S. has expressed full support for the EU in the implementation of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline construction project, US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz told reporters. The matter rests in laying a 300-kilometer pipeline through the Caspian Sea from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan. In this case, Baku could serve as one of the key re-exporters of the Caspian gas while Turkmenistan could receive the reliable and solvent European market
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 07:06
Over the last decade, Ethiopia has emerged as one of the fastest-growing – perhaps THE fastest-growing – economies in Africa. Growth is driven by a determined government policy of creating the conditions for development, notably through a massive level of infrastructural investment.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 06:53
“There is a limited amount of money available and there are some very big problems that threaten US security and citizens of US in a serious way,” he said. “I would not interpret it that Azerbaijan, or Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not a priority for the US anymore. I would say there are bigger problems toward US itself and limited amount of money.”
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 06:53
It is important to remember that the Arab Spring protests were driven by economic grievances. The revolution’s fundamental goals included not just political freedom — which in Tunisia has been mostly, if tentatively, achieved — but also an end to economic domination by sclerotic bureaucracies and well-connected elites.
Monday, March 30, 2015 - 09:39
As the White House announced earlier today, the United States is partnering with the Government of Kenya to host the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). This year’s Summit in Kenya will have an overarching focus on generating new investments in entrepreneurs, particularly women and young entrepreneurs.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 07:41
The International Monetary Fund will provide $18.1 million to Malawi after its government promised to tackle the corruption that led to a suspension of aid by donors following large-scale graft involving public funds.
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 06:43
Russia is disappointed in the unwillingness of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan to cooperate with its collective security bloc, and considers Iran to be a model those countries could follow, a senior Russian security official has said.