Economics and Business Articles

Boyko Borisov, former Bulgarian prime minister and leader of center-right GERB party, holds his voting papers in Sofia, Bulgaria, Oct. 5, 2014 (AP Photo/STR).

Discredited Politics, Inconclusive Election Leave Bulgaria Adrift

By Andrew MacDowall
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Bulgaria’s election earlier this month produced the most fragmented parliament since the fall of communism in 1989. Amid haggling over a governing arrangement, with most Bulgarians alienated from politics, the country continues to plot an uncomfortable course between the West and Russia. more


New Growth for Nuclear Energy Depends on Asia

By Miles A. Pomper
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Does the nuclear energy industry still have exciting possibilities for growth, or are its best days behind it? A web of factors—economic, political and technical, both within countries and globally—will determine whether nuclear energy enjoys a new lease on life or slowly limps toward the grave. more

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Chad Uses Environmental Rules to Keep Tight Grip on Oil Sector

By The Editors
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Chad is currently in talks with the Chinese National Petroleum Company over oil-extraction licenses that were revoked due to environmental violations. In an email interview, Celeste Hicks, a freelance journalist specializing in Africa, discussed Chad’s oil sector. more

Angola Modernizes Navy to Protect Maritime Resources

By Francisco Galamas
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Last month, in another sign of their strategic partnership, Brazil and Angola signed an agreement for the Brazilian navy to support the development of Angola’s naval capabilities. The deal fits into Angola’s broader strategy to secure its maritime borders and safeguard its oil and fishing resources. more

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With Hong Kong Protests, China Confronts Fateful Choice

By Frida Ghitis
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The unexpected outbreak of massive pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong has presented authorities in Beijing with a pivotal challenge. Chinese President Xi Jinping has three choices: He can compromise; he can crack down; or he can watch and wait, hoping the protests will die down. more

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Once Foes, Uganda and DRC Cooperate, but Friendly Ties Far Off

By The Editors
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Last month, senior diplomats from Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo met to discuss bilateral relations. In an email interview, Gaaki Kigambo, a journalist in Uganda, discussed current efforts to improve relations between between the two countries. more