Monthly Archives: November 2015

Major Political Variables

Major Political Variables, according to Antoine W. van Agtmael, “Evaluating the Risks of Lending to Developing Countries”, Euromoney, April 1976, pp. 16-30.   I. Internal aspects A. History Time and mode of independence Record of stability B. Homogeneity Sense of … Continue reading

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Maduro’s Crude Fate

Chavez’s 21st century socialism was built out of support from the poor and funded by high oil prices beginning in the early 2000’s. The ironic thing is that this experiment in 21st century socialism was only made possible thanks to … Continue reading

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Venezuela’s protracted crisis

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is in the midst of a protracted crisis as severe economic recession and political repression contribute to social instability. Public frustration is rising due to a shortage of consumer goods and triple digit inflation, weakening … Continue reading

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U.S. – China relations

The U.S. – China relationship is an interesting example of the strategic consequences of globalization. Consider the seemingly bizarre situation in which the American superpower is actively investing in and thus facilitating the rise of China, which is becoming a … Continue reading

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Imperious Erdogan in the Age of Semtex and Democracy

Snap parliamentary elections are underway in Turkey today. This is round two in a game being played by Erdogan in the hopes of reversing the AKP’s declining fortunes. Erdogan’s message – the classic formula of a strong single-party government needed … Continue reading

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