Communication Breakdown

by Refayat Mosaowir Haque The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) and the PBoC (People’s Bank of China), the country’s central bank, recently admitted the existence of a serious gap in their communications strategy. Sadly, the fundamental opacity of the CCP makes this an insurmountable challenge. Exacerbating this issue further is the fact the PBoC is de […]

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Article of the Day: New World of Work: Outsiders battle in France’s dual jobs market

New World of Work: Outsiders battle in France’s dual jobs market   France has a job problem. The difficulty is, the problem doesn’t stem from a lack of demand for jobs (nor indeed a lack of supply) but rather a rigid, inflexible labor market that deters potential employers from hiring the people they need. I […]

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Article of the Day: The Last Valls

The Last Valls This article from the Economist is honestly the best I’ve read at explaining the current problems facing France, and the challenges for the reform-minded Prime Minister Manuel Valls.  There are too many problems in France to simply list here but its clear that Valls has his work cut out for him. The biggest problem […]

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School lunches around the world

There was an interesting Buzzfeed post today about school lunches around the world.  It’s really worth looking at.  I think there are some very interesting observations to make about foreign policy.  Beyond the obvious cultural differences, there are some interesting hints about economic development.  Obviously these are limited examples, yet you can see that countries […]

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Some Key Facts Behind Pakistan’s Energy Crisis

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has implemented a new electricity subsidy for the poorest consumers in Pakistan. This subsidy covers all households with up to 300 units of electricity consumption which strikingly amounts to 68%. This subsidy points to underlying developmental and economic challenges for Pakistan. The Woodrow Wilson Center, on of DC’s top think […]

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Powering Peace: The Case for Growing Gaza’s Energy Sector

The Gaza Strip has a major energy crisis. Estimates suggest that Gaza has a power shortage of roughly 49%, indicating that almost half of the day is spent without reliable electricity. Clearly, this tangible reality does little to help the cause of the Israeli’s but rather incites radicalization. I want to begin this post by […]

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India’s Babus Stuck in a Bunker

In his first month on the job, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken bold steps to address the systemic problems in the Indian economy and government. Notably, Modi has cut in half the number of taxpayer-funded golf club memberships for senior bureaucrats valued at 300,000 rupees ($5,000) each. Narendra Modi has wasted no time […]

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South Sudan’s Energy Solution

South Sudan has estimated oil reserves of over 3.5 billion barrels whereas its neighbor Sudan has only an estimated 1.5 billion barrels in reserve. When South Sudan split from Sudan and became the world’s youngest country in 2011, it took with it most of Sudan’s oil and natural gas reserves. Natural resource issues were one […]

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Narendra Modi’s Power Problem

Peak demand for electricity in New Delhi is at 5,600MW yet Indian power companies are only able to deliver 5,150MW, creating widespread power outages. It should come to no one as a surprise that it gets hot in India this time of year – very, very hot. Temperatures today reached a balmy 40C with anticipated […]

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