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Kenya and Ethiopia’s Cross Border Peace Initiative Analyses & Assessments

Kenya and Ethiopia’s Cross Border Peace Initiative

At a high-level UN side event, experts discuss the two nations success in preventing violent extremism and conflict in the Horn of Africa. The Horn of Africa (HOA), consisting of the nations of…

U.S. abrogates 1955 treaty with Iran Analyses & Assessments

U.S. abrogates 1955 treaty with Iran

The United States is terminating the Treaty of Amity reached with Iran in pre-revolutionary days, calling it an “absolute absurdity” given the tensions between the two countries. The United States…

North Korea’s APT38 behind bank heists Analyses & Assessments

North Korea’s APT38 behind bank heists

North Korean-linked hacking group APT38 has stolen hundreds of millions of dollars in bank heists spanning across at least 11 countries, security researchers at FireEye reported. North Korean hackers…

UK accuses GRU of ‘reckless’ cyberattacks Analyses & Assessments

UK accuses GRU of ‘reckless’ cyberattacks

The British government has accused Russia’s military intelligence unit GRU of being behind a series of “reckless” cyberattacks ordered by President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin, from the 2016 hacking of…

World Bank to suspend funding to Tanzania Analyses & Assessments

World Bank to suspend funding to Tanzania

The World Bank may suspend funding to Tanzania after expressing concerns about new legislation which would punish anyone who questions official statistics. Tanzania is a country in eastern Africa…

Escalating Waste Generation Requires Drastic Action Op-Eds

Escalating Waste Generation Requires Drastic Action

Global waste generation is expected to double by 2050 given the current system in many regions. As the damaging effects of waste become more apparent, many countries and communities are taking active…

International Court of Justice orders US to ease Iran sanctions Analyses & Assessments

International Court of Justice orders US to ease Iran sanctions

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered the US to ease sanctions it re-imposed on Iran after abandoning a nuclear deal in May. Iran is no stranger to intense economic pressure. It has…

The rising US debt burden Analyses & Assessments

The rising US debt burden

Recent data of the US Treasury Department revealed that the US’s national debt has expanded by $1.2 trillion. At the end of the financial year 2018, data shows that the debt was estimated at $21.52…

S Korea plan to break stalemate in talks Analyses & Assessments

S Korea plan to break stalemate in talks

Seoul is proposing that the United States hold off on a demand for an inventory of North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Instead, South Korea is asking the US to accept the verified closure of a key North…

Near collision in the South China Sea Analyses & Assessments

Near collision in the South China Sea

The USS Decatur was conducting a Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) near the Spratly islands when the Chinese warship came “within yards” of the American ship. The South China Sea is at the…

France accuses Iran in Paris bomb plot Analyses & Assessments

France accuses Iran in Paris bomb plot

France has accused Iran’s intelligence services of involvement in a foiled bombing attack that targeted a meeting organised by an Iranian opposition group near Paris in June. French authorities have…

US warns India of sanctions Analyses & Assessments

US warns India of sanctions

The United States has warned India against a planned purchase of S-400 surface-to-air missiles from Russia when President Vladimir Putin visits New Delhi this week. India has long maintained cordial…

The Risks of Replacing LIBOR Analyses & Assessments

The Risks of Replacing LIBOR

Ending the global borrowing index poses a potential threat to financial stability. LIBOR, or the London Interbank Offered Rate, has been called the most important number in the world. It is derived…

Putin supports plan to de-dollarize Analyses & Assessments

Putin supports plan to de-dollarize

VTB Bank head Andrey Kostin told the Russian news agency, RIA Novosti that President Vladimir Putin supports the working plan of de-dollarizing the Russian economy. The Russian economy is a mixed…

Physics Nobel for laser pioneers includes first woman in 55 years Analyses & Assessments

Physics Nobel for laser pioneers includes first woman in 55 years

A trio of American, French and Canadian scientists won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics for breakthroughs in laser technology that have turned light beams into precision tools for everything from eye…

Gita Gopinath: IMF’s first female chief economist Analyses & Assessments

Gita Gopinath: IMF’s first female chief economist

The IMF has appointed Harvard professor Gita Gopinath as its next chief economist. Thus, making her the first women to be appointed to this role. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an…

Tensions rise as US threatens to 'take out' Russian missiles Analyses & Assessments

Tensions rise as US threatens to 'take out' Russian missiles

The threat from a senior US diplomat to "take out" Russian missiles that Washington believes are in breach of an important Cold War arms control treaty looks set to cause additional tensions with…

India and Russia to sign S-400 Missile deal this week Analyses & Assessments

India and Russia to sign S-400 Missile deal this week

Moscow and Delhi will sign a deal worth more than $5 billion on the delivery of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles when President Vladimir Putin visits India later this week. India has long…

Moscow warns the US against “Naval Blockade” Analyses & Assessments

Moscow warns the US against “Naval Blockade”

Russia has issued a stern warning against any potential US attempts to restrict foreign trade with Moscow. Russian Federation is the successor state to the Soviet Union. Before its dissolution, the…

Monsoon rainfall predicted below average Analyses & Assessments

Monsoon rainfall predicted below average

Rainfall in India’s annual monsoon season in 2018 was below average and less than forecast, with key crop-growing northern states among areas that have received less rain than needed. Accounting for…