Americas

  • Paraguay’s cursed green gold

    May 31, 2017

    Harvesting around 10 million tonnes of soy annually, Paraguay is the fourth-largest exporter of the crop in the world. Soy now covers 80 per cent of the country’s agricultural land and accounts for 12 per cent of GDP. However, the rapid increase in soy cultivation to satisfy growing worldwide demand has major economic and societal consequences in Paraguay.

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  • Case study: Greenland’s budding mining industry

    May 26, 2017

    Greenland is turning to its natural resources to strengthen its economy as it aims for independence from Denmark. However, the government’s inexperience, a lack of trained labour and environmental concerns present major obstacles.

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  • The world’s policeman: U.S. foreign policy under Rex Tillerson

    April 28, 2017

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew to the Russian capital Moscow on 12 April to a frosty reception. Throughout President Donald J. Trump’s election campaign, Trump had promised to normalise relations with Russia, and indeed in the early days of the presidency it seemed that Russia would be one of the major beneficiaries of a Trump presidency. The choice of Tillerson for the country’s highest representative abroad seemed to confirm this. The former CEO of oil giant ExxonMobil had personally received an ‘order of friendship’ medal from Russian President Vladimir Putin, and under his leadership, the company had invested heavily in Russia.

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  • Constitutional crisis in Paraguay

    April 11, 2017

    Riot police

    Backroom political manoeuvring of questionable-at-best legality has struck deep in Paraguayan political consciousness, bringing outraged protestors to the streets and setting off major rioting.

    Background

    Although Paraguay is open to investors, its political system is notably closed to those outside the governing Asociación Nacional Republicana – Partido Colorado (‘National Republican Association ...

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  • Situation report: Unrest in French Guiana

    April 3, 2017

    French Guiana is undergoing major unrest, bringing transport and commerce to a virtual standstill.

    Background

    French Guiana is an overseas department and administrative region of France located on the north-eastern coast of South America. It is the only portion of mainland South America that has not attained independence from a colonial European power. The socio-economic indicators of the department contrast ...

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