Divendres, 20 Setembre 2019
While the US is showing disinterest in Latin America, the Asian dragon is slowly but surely increasing its presence in the region through bilateral trade, foreign direct investment (FDI), mergers and acquisitions, and economic financing of the countries’ infrastructures. On one hand, the Chinese economy needs to be fed,...
By 2025, the European Union may find they have some new members on the bloc, despite Brexit, there is no shortage of nations desiring to join with the anticipation that the Balkan countries are next for membership. The former Yugoslavian countries are now picking up the pieces that had shattered...
The most irrefutable proof that Egyptian leaders have given up trying to solve the problems of Egypt is their decision to start constructing a brand new capital in the middle of the desert, a city as big and modern as Singapore, designed to accommodate Egypt’s most affluent families. Cairo has...
There are two narratives, two Grand Strategies in the geopolitical sphere. These strategies have their own backers who fight to impose their agenda. Both have their own ideology; one depicts the liberal values of the West, and the other, the planned-economy tendencies of the East. The Western narrative shows that the...
The economic analysis of a country cannot be strictly limited to the study of its material and tangible factors. That is, factors that can be quantified and are related to the natural resources, geographical situation, political structures, industries and infrastructures. In some cases, the most relevant factors that help us to...
Vladimir Putin has won the presidential election in Russia and has secured six more years in power. A victory which was never in doubt. With more than 75 percent of votes the Russian president achieved the best election result of his career. Vladimir Putin’s fourth term as president will...
Russian banks could do business without the interbank payment system SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication). Banks use SWIFT as a banking platform to send and receive information on financial transactions. Thus, SWIFT is essential for banks to do business as usual, as the platform connects more than...
Despite showing opposition to American sanctions on the Russian energy sector and being fined $2 million by the US Department of Treasury in July 2017 for its involvement with Rosneft, ExxonMobil had to withdraw from 9 of its 10 joint ventures with Rosneft. Recently, the American oil giant announced it...
Since August 2017, Canada, Mexico and the US have conducted 7 rounds of renegotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The deal encompasses 20 industry sectors. How much is at stake for the energy sector? The continent is rich in natural resources and the 3 nations’ energy interdependence...
The US “attempts to derail Nord Stream 2 are part of unfair competition practices by potential suppliers of LNG, which is more expensive compared with natural gas delivered by pipelines,” Russia’s energy minister Alexander Novak declared following the implementation of new US sanctions against the Russian energy sector in...