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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the media at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Nov. 12, 2014 (AP photo by Yves Logghe).

European Commission President Likely to Survive Lux Leaks Scandal

By Maria Savel
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is in hot water over the Lux Leaks scandal—the publication of documents exposing how international firms avoided paying billions of dollars in taxes while maintaining only a token presence in Luxembourg. more


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Mongolia Shuffles PMs to Address Self-Inflicted Economic Crisis

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Last week Mongolia’s parliament appointed Chimed Saikhanbileg prime minister, two weeks after Norov Altankhuyag lost a no-confidence vote. In an email interview, Julian Dierkes, associate professor at the University of British Columbia, discussed Mongolian politics. more

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Vietnam’s Modernizing Navy Confronts China’s Sea Power

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As China attempts to assert maritime claims against Vietnam, Vietnam in turn has been expanding its navy and courting new allies, like India. In an email interview, Abhijit Singh, a research fellow at India’s Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, discusses the Vietnamese navy's capabilities. more

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Railway Dispute Shows Weaknesses of China-Mexico Economic Ties

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Mexico’s recent decision to cancel a high-speed rail contract with China is the latest example of the unsettled relationship between two of the largest emerging economies. In an email interview, Matt Ferchen of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy discussed China’s ties with Mexico. more

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U.S. Reform Agenda in Myanmar on Shaky Ground

By Maria Savel
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Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Myanmar, where he will attend the East Asia Summit and the U.S.-ASEAN summit. The visit, two years after Obama’s first to the country, comes amid growing concerns over Rohingya minority rights and stalled constitutional reform. more