Political and economic freedom in Africa
Development performance throughout the African continent reflects global trends. Free regimes tend to go hand in hand with economic freedom, resulting in growth and increased human development. With sound economic reforms, this virtuous circle could intensify.
Focus on Mongolia: walking the foreign policy tightrope (Part 1)
Mongolia is a large, sparsely populated, landlocked country sandwiched between two much stronger neighbours: Russia and China. For much of the past 300 years, the country has been dominated by one or the other of these two powers. Since its transition to democracy and a market economy in the early ...
Geopolitics: What 'social contract' will Putin offer his people?
Russia, a regime buoyed by oil riches, could well face rumblings of discontent as resources dwindle and austerity measures take hold. Russians have enjoyed a freedom not known for decades. So how will Vladimir Putin, in the role of president, package a 'social contract' which maintains his leaning for authoritarianism ...