The West and the Rest: Growth and A Green-Eyed Monster

“The West vs. The Rest,” a term coined from the ideology of famed political science professor Samuel Huntington, seems to be a growing phenomenon in the world today. In Huntington’s book, the Clash of Civilization, he appeared to be more narrowly focused on the rise of the Mideast, rather than the growing dichotomy that has…

Make The Deal: A Case Study on Decision-Making

Making a good deal requires understanding what you will gain and what you must lose. Deal-making is almost as old as time. Part of what makes some people better deal-makers than others, is their ability to evaluate a deal beyond their emotions. Emotions are essential in making a deal; often emotions can signal red flags…

Globalization and Labor: Gigs Grow As Stability Falters

In 2017, there were nearly 600 million entrepreneurs recorded, according to figures from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM).  There are an estimated 27 million in the United States alone,  0.05 percent of that giant worldwide figure.  While the signs of growing entrepreneurship seem encouraging, are they indicative of a much larger issue throughout the world? …

A Trade War of the Worlds

In 2014, China held over a third of U.S. debt, amounting to nearly 18 trillion USD.  In just four years, that number has dwindled to a paltry 1.18 trillion, due in large part to China’s rapid sell-off of American currency.  In the past, nations sought U.S. dollars as a guarantee to ensure fiscal stability due…

Angola and The Changing Face of Debt

In early February 2018, Angola signed a 70-million-dollar agreement with the World Bank to develop the nation’s local economy.   The loan is specifically targeted at infrastructure construction of medical centers, staff residences and other public works. The African nation has unsuccessfully sought to attract investors and appears to be turning its aspirations inward.  Like many…

Panama’s Multinational Future

The Panama Trade and Investment Agency (PROVINEX) hails itself as the “Ultimate Destination for Multinationals investing in Latin America.”  For many developing economies, attracting foreign investment has been the primary goal.  According to figures released by PROVINEX, more than 140 multinationals have invested in the Latin American nation since 2007.  It’s top three investors being…

Congo: The Sleeping Giant Battling Back to Relevance

In 2016, the Democratic Republic of the Congo had a GDP of just over $32 Billion USD.  These numbers are staggering for a nation with a population of 83 billion souls and a 800 GDP per capita.  The horror is that the nation leads the world in some of the most precious metals and timber…