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Latin America: Resource conflicts

Latin America is renowned as a region abundant in all manner of natural resources, to include the large oil reserves of Venezuela and Ecuador, the vast mineral deposits in Chile and Peru and, of course, the lush and expansive tropical rainforests across the Amazon basin. The value of these resources, while being a key driver [...]

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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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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 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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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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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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The new power play in Africa: Russia, China and the shifting sands of influence

Africa’s geopolitical landscape is changing, driven by the active involvement of Russia and China. Russia has had a hand in Africa for some time, but China’s recent involvement is further impacting historic colonial structures and patterns. Vestiges of Africa’s colonial past are still evident in its regimented zones of influence and in the political and

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Checkmate or stalemate: The global standoff between world leaders and citizens

From the beginning of 2023, the geopolitical landscape has been marked by a series of escalating tensions and civil unrest – evidence of deep-seated economic, political and social discord across the globe. Some analysts are questioning whether businesses should expect civil unrest on a global scale, which could significantly impact market stability and operational continuity. China’s

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The deterioration of India–China relations: the battle for influence in South Asia

India and China have long viewed each other’s global aspirations with suspicion. While their proximity makes them economically intertwined, their histories and geopolitical agendas have made their relationship fraught with distrust. India hopes for a multipolar international order in which New Delhi has a strong voice. Beijing wants to be a counterbalance to the US

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