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Weathering the Commodities Storm

Are natural resources a curse or a blessing? History has taught us that for every story of economic success in exploiting natural resources there is one of failure. Consider the…

The Philippines “BRIC” Effort

photo: GovernmentZA While the Obama White House prepared plans for regime change in the Philippines, President Trump is working on an assertive strategy in Asia. Meanwhile, President Duterte is accelerating…

Is Global Climate Change Good for Business?

In addition to increasing temperatures and rising sea levels, global climate change represents a complex exercise for the great majority of businesses, which must frame the meaning, the costs, and…

The Brazilian Debt Hangover

In previous pieces, we have analyzed the run up to the still-ongoing Brazilian recession as a combination of factors. Given an “anemia” of productivity increases, an appetite for public spending…

Trumping World Trade

After the inauguration, President Trump has begun to reset the White House trade policies. But the consequences of “America First” stance in world trade are wrought with threats. Recently, President…