Awakening the Tiger: Vietnam’s surge in the global economy

Vietnam has witnessed substantial growth lately, recovering rather abruptly from the global chaos caused by the pandemic. Since then, the nation has welcomed a surge in foreign direct investments (FDI) and seen its manufacturing sector expand which, combined, have been the backbone of its economic recovery. The reason has, at least in part, been as [...]

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Will they stay or will they go?

France’s historical connections with Africa reflect a deep-rooted economic and political relationship. The Gallic nation’s interest in the continent was driven traditionally by the need for natural resources, economic markets and strategic alliances. Yet, Africa as a whole, has now evolved from the colonial era, and in the present-day, demands more equal partnerships and investments

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Indian Elections 2024: Everything you need to know

On Friday 19 April 2024, the next Indian election process commences, with the announcement of the winners on Tuesday 4 June. It not only embodies the selection of new leaders but will address fundamental socio-political challenges for one of the world’s superpowers. This election will take place against the backdrop of global uncertainty. Issues such

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China and the Philippines: A complex and multifaceted issue with huge economic and security implications

The main issue revolves around competing territorial claims in the South China Sea. China claims almost the entire sea based on its "nine-dash line" map, which overlaps with the exclusive economic zones (EEZs) and territorial waters of other countries, including the Philippines. This has led to disputes over the control of islands, reefs and shoals,

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The Sahel Syndrome: Terrorism, Resource Wars and the Global Security Nexus

Known for its diverse cultures and ecosystems, the Sahel has now become a hotspot for global security concerns as a result of insurgent activity groups directly linked to Al-Qaeda and ISIS. These terrorist organisations clearly pose significant threats to the stability in the region and international peace. The Sahel is a long belt that passes

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The New Cold War

In the evolving network of global relations, a New Cold War landscape has emerged, marked by intensifying geopolitical tensions among the world's major powers. The United States, the European Union and their allies, find themselves in an increasingly complex standoff with nations like Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. This modern Cold War, unlike its

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The Moroccan Renaissance: Bridging continents, cultures and futures

Morocco, a nation that unfurls its borders on the northwest corner of Africa, demonstrates the importance and power of strategic positioning and inspired governance. Having managed to circumvent the cultural and economic differences between Africa and Europe, this kingdom has leveraged its unique location to become an important place of trade and innovation. The Strait

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American Business in China: Navigating China’s Open Doors and Invisible Barriers

History reveals that China has been a particularly appealing market for US investors, lured by the immense 1.4 billion population consumer base and exponential economic growth. That being said, recent changes in geopolitical tides have brought challenges. There now exists heightened regulation, increased geopolitical tension and a significant slowdown in the Chinese economy that has

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The Baltic Way to Innovation: uniting for technological triumph

Located in the northeast of Europe, the Baltic States - Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia - with a combined population of around 6 million people, tell an incredible tale of transformation, resilience and forward-thinking. Although geographically small, these great nations have become significant figures on the European stage, revealing an impressive journey from their Soviet past

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China and her Asian enemies: the battle for the Indo-Pacific territories

The Indo-Pacific region’s strategic sea lanes, rich fishing grounds and potential oil and gas reserves have made it a hot point for geopolitical rivalry and confrontation. The future of the region – which stretches from Eastern Africa to the Western Americas – depends on China’s resolve to realise its ambitions – and the degree to which her

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