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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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Limnic Eruptions and KivuWatt – Harnessing Rwanda’s Killer Gas

In 1984, 37 people lost their lives as a result of what is now known as a limnic eruption on Lake Monoun in Cameroon. Two years later, the same natural disaster claimed the lives of more than 1,700 people and 3,500 livestock living around Lake Nyos. The US initially believed biological weapons were being tested…
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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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The Price of Cheap Medicine in China

The National Health and Family Planning Commission (formerly the Ministry of Health), headed by Chen Zhu, formerly China’s Minister of Health, revealed in October 2009 an ambitious plan for a comprehensive reform of the Chinese healthcare system. The scheme would be called Healthy China 2020 and would provide universal healthcare access and treatment for all…
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Coronavirus and its Effects on the Market

The 2019-nCoV corona virus has killed in excess of 213 people and infected nearly 10,000 (as of 31/01/2020), mainly centred in China but around 100 cases have been confirmed globally, outside China. Coronavirus is a type of severe acute respiratory syndrome and has killed 2-3% of patients infected so far. For comparison, seasonal flu has…
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Latin America’s booming renewable energy investment: temporary or permanent?

As world economic leaders converge at Davos, Switzerland, this week to discuss climate change, there is a noticeable under-representation from Latin American heads of state. The leaders of Latin America’s biggest economies (Brazil, Mexico and Argentina), as well as other prominent states (such as Chile and Bolivia), are reportedly not attending. Yet, this is a…
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