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The port in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Jan. 19, 2011 (photo by Flickr user the brit_2 licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license).
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Jamaica Taking Steps to Expand Its Caribbean Trade Ties

By The Editors
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Earlier this month, Jamaica announced plans to expand regional trade ties through a framework agreement with Cuba and a deal that supplements the existing free trade agreement with Costa Rica. In an interview, Krista Lucenti, an economist with the Inter-American Development Bank, discussed Jamaica’s trade policy. more


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EU Digital Single Market Boon to Tech and Traditional Industries

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Earlier this month the European Union launched its so-called digital single market, which aims to expand Europe’s digital economy through broad reforms. In an email interview, Fabian Zuleeg, the chief executive of the European Policy Center, discussed the impact the new policy could have. more

World Citizen

BRICS Still Have a Long Way to Go From Grouping to Alliance

By Frida Ghitis
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Ever since the BRICS grouping was coined in 2001, its members have been trying to transform their snappy acronym into a global player. And nobody has promoted that ambition more enthusiastically than Vladimir Putin. The problem is that not all BRICS members share his antipathy toward the West. more

Country Report

Paper Tiger: Ireland’s Elusive Economic Recovery

By Siobhán Brett
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Ireland’s initial response to the 2008 global financial crisis, a blanket bank guarantee, drove the former “Celtic Tiger” to approach the EU and the IMF to request a bailout in 2010. After years of brutal austerity, the economy appears to be improving, but not everyone is experiencing the recovery. more

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Djibouti Cultivating Diverse Economic, Military Partnerships

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China is in negotiations with Djibouti to open a military base in the country, adding to its current roster of French, U.S., Japanese and EU military facilities. In an interview, David Styan, lecturer in politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, discussed Djibouti’s foreign relations. more

Mexico’s Energy Reforms Must Address Indigenous Concerns

By Alexis Arthur
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President Enrique Pena Nieto has touted the potential for unprecedented levels of investment in Mexico’s overhauled energy sector. Yet the energy boom could negatively impact Mexico’s indigenous communities. New government laws, critics say, give preferential treatment to private development over community rights. more

Latin America Weighs Risk and Rewards of Shale Revolution

By Paul Shortell
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Latin America faces difficult choices as it looks to expand its nascent shale gas and oil industry. With approximately one-fourth of the world’s recoverable shale oil and gas reserves, the region is poised to reap the benefits of fracking, but it must weigh those against local resistance and environmental risks. more

Middle East Nuclear Race More Rhetoric Than Reality

By Jessica C. Varnum
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In the run-up to the June 30 deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, alarmists are again warning of an imminent race to nuclear weapons capabilities in the Middle East in the guise of peaceful nuclear programs. But the logic of chain-reaction proliferation in the Middle East is critically flawed. more

Global Insights

Russia Tensions Threaten U.S. Arctic Council Agenda

By Richard Weitz
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When the U.S. assumed chairmanship of the Arctic Council last month, it declared its top priority to be managing the impact of global climate change on the region in cooperation with the other Arctic countries. But tensions with Russia could impede bilateral cooperation on this and other issues. more

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Illegal Mining Raises Security, Environmental Concerns in Colombia

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The head of the United Nations refugee agency in Colombia recently said that illegal mining and drug violence will continue to displace citizens, even if a peace deal is signed with FARC rebels. In an interview, Juan F. Vargas of the University of Rosario in Bogota discussed illegal mining in Colombia. more

Thunder God: Values, Corruption and Nigeria’s Election

By Sarah Chayes
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Corruption is not only a problem of governance, but a profound moral challenge for Nigerian society. It helps explain the results of last month’s remarkable presidential election, as well as the emergence and endurance of the radical Boko Haram insurgency that has terrorized northern Nigeria. more