The devil and the deep blue sea – Japanese whaling brings surprising conservation benefits
Japan has faced a great deal of criticism for its decision to leave the International Whaling Commission and once again engage in commercial whale hunts. But what does the country’s attempt to revive a dying industry really mean for conservation efforts?
Lacking common cents: how Zimbabwe went from economic star to financial basket case
In 2008, a hyperinflation crisis destroyed Zimbabwe’s currency. The embattled African nation appears to be heading down the same route once again, but this time, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel
KIB leads Kuwait’s financial transformation
After years of sluggish growth, Kuwait’s banking sector is finally booming and its financial institutions are capitalising. Among them is Kuwait International Bank, whose exciting new strategy puts people at the heart of its ambitions
What does the future hold for Indonesia during Jokowi’s second term?
Joko Widodo has done a great deal of good for Indonesia, but as the president returns for a second term, intractable challenges loom large over the country’s sustainable development efforts
Is a new debt crisis mounting in Africa?
Rising debt in sub-Saharan Africa has sparked fears that the continent is heading towards crisis point. Although debt ratios remain below historic highs, critics have suggested that African countries are being propped
up by riskier loans
Malaysia’s journey to become the next Asian superpower
In the 1990s, Malaysia was tipped to become the fifth Asian Tiger, but a financial crisis and slow wage growth hindered its economic progress. Now, the country is on an upward curve once more
The economics of Korean reunification
With North and South Korea in the process of arranging a fourth summit, talk of uniting the two countries is getting louder. However, much needs to occur before a reunification could be considered economically viable
The World Bank reaches a crossroads
The World Bank has a new president to guide it through taxing times, but can this pillar of the international financial system adapt to an era of rapid geopolitical changes and rising nationalism?
Guaranty Trust Bank’s sharpened focus is a boon to its digitalisation drive
Banks are embracing new digital technologies at breakneck speed, but such rapid innovation should always be centred on customers’ best interests
Russia’s stagnating economy
Behind the facade of an assertive foreign policy, many believe that Russia maintains a spluttering economy. Doubts remain as to whether Putin’s re-election earlier this year will do anything to reverse this economic stagnation
The petro-yuan could usher in a new era for global energy
China’s decision to push forward with the Petro-yuan appears to be a challenge to the US’ global energy market hegemony, but it remains to be seen if it can make a significant impact
Mozambique’s dramatic economic reversal
In a reversal of fortune befitting a Greek tragedy, Mozambique’s loss of IMF fiscal aid following the discovery of a clandestine $2bn loan in 2016 has turned it from one of Africa’s success stories to an economic basket case
Counting the cost of plastic pollution
Plastic continues to fill the world’s oceans at an astonishing rate, inflicting major environmental damage. The cost is not merely to the natural world though, as the economic impact of this man-made predicament is also immense
US vs China: who prevails in a trade war?
The tariffs imposed by US President Donald Trump earlier this year push his country closer to a trade conflict with China. Looking at the history of trade wars, a US victory could prove elusive
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