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  • By: The Conversation | Date: 24 Apr 2014

    Although not the world’s top military spender, India has been the world’s largest arms importer since 2010. The need to modernise has indeed been one major reason for India’s status as top spender on arms imports. But there are other factors at work too.Read more

  • By: Dan Steinbock | Date: 23 Apr 2014

    The Cold War has not made a comeback. Rather, the geopolitics of new risks is taking off. The Ukraine crisis is just a tip of the iceberg.Read more

  • By: East Asia Forum | Date: 22 Apr 2014

    While emerging Asia continues to achieve a stunning performance in poverty reduction, the gap between rich and poor keeps widening too. How sustainable is this poverty reduction in the face of rising inequality?Read more

  • By: Asia Pathways | Date: 21 Apr 2014

    Central Asia has for centuries been seen as a neglected Russian “backyard,” but international interest in the region has increased over the last two decades because of its vast stores of energy and natural resources. But to achieve a brighter future the region must pursue economic integration.Read more

  • By: Igor Alexeev | Date: 17 Apr 2014

    After a series of headline-grabbing statements about the possibility of “switching” European consumers over to American gas, the US media hastened to announce the launch of Obama’s oil and gas offensive against Russia. In reality, the EU is not prepared, neither technically nor in terms of price, to buy its energy resources from the US. It would take at least ten years to adapt even the technically advanced German energy system to work with American gas supply. In a crisis, when it is particularly urgent to see a quick return on an investment, such projects are unrealistic.Read more

    • Date: 16 Apr 2014

      Recent demonstrations in Taiwan against a trade deal with China reflect the public’s deep mistrust with the mainland. Yet Taiwan needs these trade deals to sustain its economy, not just with China, but with the rest of Asia.Read more

    • Date: 15 Apr 2014

      The world of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones bear striking similarities to that of Western Europe during the 18th century. But whereas the Industrial Revolution saw a rapid advancement in Europe’s society and economy, Westeros has remained the same for some 6,000 years.Read more

    • Date: 14 Apr 2014

      Even as ECB officials continue to play down the generalized risk of deflation in region and claim that inflation expectations remain anchored, experts are calling on the central bank to undertake unconventional measures to combat weakness in price pressures that threatens to undermine the euro area’s recovery. The issue is no longer if the ECB will undertake quantitative easing, but when.Read more

    • Date: 23 Apr 2014

      The Cold War has not made a comeback. Rather, the geopolitics of new risks is taking off. The Ukraine crisis is just a tip of the iceberg. Ukraine – On Lifeline Support Despite a tentative agreement on de-escalation in Geneva, Washington, Brussels, Moscow and Kiev disagree ...Read more

    • Date: 22 Jan 2014

      While many people would like us to believe that wind and solar PV will solve all of our problems, the more a person looks at the question, the clearer it becomes that wind and solar PV added to the electric grid are part of the problem, not part of the solution. Intermittent ...Read more

    • Date: 11 Apr 2014

      Excessive short-termism is always a problem for policy, but the Global Crisis has brought it sharply into focus. This column introduces a report that discusses how a shift to longer-term solutions is necessary and possible. A key message is that businesses as well as governments need to take a ...Read more

    • Date: 21 Aug 2013

      In Nigeria, as well as around the world, a majority of taxpayers view tax not as a contractual contribution to government expense, but as an involuntary tribute to be paid to avoid prosecution and penalty. Merely transcribing taxes from economic textbooks into local law will not work; tax regimes ...Read more

    Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people.
    Wendell Philips
    He who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation.
    James A. Garfield
    The moment that government appears at market, the principles of the market will be subverted.
    Edmund Burke