Eastern Europe in 3-Way Tug of War with EU, US and Russia

As COVID-19 payments begin disbursement throughout European Member states, the EU Commission has found renewed interest in the affairs of Eastern European states. Additionally, as the EU seeks to establish its viability, and replace the gaping hole left by the United Kingdom, greater attention is being given to those states. According to an official European…

Energy and Interests: Bulgarian Upheavals in the Balkans.

Bulgaria, has been plunged into public demonstrations against its government since July 9, 2020. Now going into its 66 week of protest, The Slavic nation, along with major Bulgarian enclaves around the world, have seen demonstrations and protests. It is believed that some are displeased with what is perceived as rampant corruption and misuse of…

Trade Wars Redux: King Cotton Always Wins

Today, the US is once again entangled in the politics and economics of cotton. The United States has announced that it is prepared to ban cotton and tomato imports from China’s Xinjiang over allegations of forced labor. The irony lies in that the world’s once largest economy, built on forced labor in cotton production, is…

Re-Orienting the Philippines

Despite the worldwide boom in Covid-19 cases in the early part of the year, the Philippines infection rate remained relatively flat. Only in recent times has the archipelago seen an increase in cases, spiking in August with over 55,000 cases. Those are still conservative numbers, even for a nation with a population of just over…

Re-Start: Waking the Lion: Africa’s Reentry into the Market

In recent years African states have begun a concerted pivot toward agriculture and renewed interest in farming and aggro-processing.  Undoubtedly, the ability for African nations to produce and process its own food—ready for consumption and export would create new opportunities, but also guard against unforeseen humanitarian disasters like Covid-19. For African states, its greatest hit…

Canary in the Cave: Italy’s Lost Lessons on Geopolitics and Economy

As Corona virus cases begin to creep upward in Italy, the country which was once the epicenter of the Eurozone’s Covid-19 cases has begun closing social centers and implementing mask mandates. The nation has been the proverbial canary in the cave for the West for years now, even in the pandemic. The nation is fighting…

Mexico Fights to Save Economic Progress

Only recently, Mexico’s infection rate has increased exponentially . Worldwide there are nearly 18 million Corona Virus cases, with some of the highest numbers in the Western Hemisphere. In addition to the infection rate, the death toll has increased to the third highest in the world, eclipsing UK mortality numbers in July, according to an…

Re-Start: European Union

In the coming weeks we will review several regions and the measures they are taking to restart their economy.  We will seek to predict and analyze some of those changes in the series Restart.  In this nonconsecutive series, this week we will examine the European Union’s plans and look forward to reviewing other schemes aimed…

A New Manifest Destiny

Despite the ravages of the Corona-virus, the US trade and tech war and its challenges in Hong Kong and Taiwan, China saw positive growth in Q2 of 2020 according to a report from the Asia Times.  Even India’s economy expanded 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2020 despite the prowess of the pandemic. Could…

Serbia Test EU Resolve and International Institutions Amid Covid Spike

Greece just barred citizens from the landlocked country of Serbia following that state’s declaration of a state of emergency on July 3, 2020. The news comes on the heels of growing COVID-19 numbers in the Balkans, with Serbia currently registering 16,420 cases and 317 deaths. Ironically, Belgrade made the decision on the same day that…

Clashing Elites: Failure and Fortune Re-Imagined

The trillion dollar stimulus package that has primarily gone toward bailing out American industry, was financed by its major debt-buyers, like Japan, UK and China. The US is once again selling debt through the Federal Reserve to to stabilize the US economy, other Western nations will likely follow suit– just as bad debt was sold…

Repackaging the Developing World

Nations around the globe are mulling over how to restart and rescue flagging economies brought on by the worldwide COVID-19 Pandemic. Among those seeking a solution to economic woes are the world’s “developing economies,” many that often have GDPs lower than many Western multinationals. These nations must not only determine how to solve the new…