Archive for March 2020

Tajikistan’s National Development Strategy: achievable or overly ambitious?

Tajikistan joins a string of Central Asian countries eager to boost their standing on the political arena. President Emomali Rahmon unveiled the country’s ‘National Development Strategy’ (NDS), which aims to promote the conditions for ‘sustainable human development’ by 2030. Priorities include: transforming Tajikistan’s agrarian-heavy economy into a more industrialised one, reforming state institutions and reducing…

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Russia’s strategic expansion in Latin America: the case of Cuba

Recent commercial projects between Russia and Cuba echo the friendly Soviet-Cuban alliance of the twentieth century. Although the two nations share a history of cyber security and intelligence gathering, President Vladimir Putin and Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel have pledged to revive robust bilateral ties in a number of trade sectors, including energy, transport and agriculture.…

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COVID-19 infects China’s Virtual World

With 780 million people under travel restrictions in China, quotidian life is moving online. From conducting research about COVID-19, attending school and holding meetings, to playing video games, people are continuing every-day life virtually. As the Internet struggles to keep up with increased demand, not even life online has been spared the disruption of COVID-19.…

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Rishi Sunak and the Future of UK Fiscal Policy

Despite a comfortable Conservative majority in parliament and high praise from his peers, Rishi Sunak, the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, faces a serious problem: he is caught between his predecessor’s stringent fiscal policy and his boss’ drive for increased public spending. This inflammable mix presents a serious political challenge for the new Chancellor, but…

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Brexit Day, Boris’s Publicity stunt or an economic turning point?

Friday the 31st of January 2020 saw Britain finally leave the European Union, three and a half years after the marginal popular vote took place. Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed this day as a seminal moment in British history as the UK finally “withdrew”. What does withdrawal from the European Union actually mean? Will Britain…

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A Swiss Scandal

The ousting of Credit Suisse’s chief executive Tidjane Thiam marks the latest, and hopefully final, event in the surveillance scandal that has embroiled the Swiss bank. Preceded by a 20 hour board meeting, the decision was due to the scandal starting to “damage the company’s reputation”. It began in September 2019 when it emerged that…

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