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Three Key Geopolitical Developments

The past few days have seen three key geopolitical developments. Iran and the 'Great Powers': Iran and the so-called P5+1 powers clinched a landmark interim deal on the Islamic Republic's nuclear...

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Sino-Japanese Conflict Risk Scenarios

A skirmish or even limited conflict between Japanese and Chinese military forces over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands cannot be ruled out over the coming years. In a special feature published on...

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Urbanisation And Commodity Prices

One of the key drivers of high commodity prices in recent years has been urbanisation in the developing world. In China alone almost 300 million people have moved into cities since the turn of the...

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Chinese Yuan Steady, But For How Long?

One currency that has continued to strengthen throughout the recent bout of weakness in emerging markets currency markets is the Chinese yuan. This has taken us slightly by surprise, for although...

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Chinese Investment In African Oil

Africa is now China’s second largest source of oil, surpassed only by the Middle East. This week we will look at how growing Chinese demand for energy is affecting African economies. Is Chinese...

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