It has been a tough year and a half for oil, specifically the price of a barrel of crude in relation to the sheer volume…View More One Small Step For OPEC, One Giant Leap For Global Markets
Although free trade was once the natural response by states to the globalisation of economies, many are now stepping backwards and re-weighing its benefits. The…View More America Turns Its Back on TPP
Needless to say the past two decades have been turbulent financially, and this has resulted in a general loss of trust in the ‘executive class’…View More Putting the ‘Rat’ in Rato
Following the financial crisis of 2008, the global superpowers adopted near-zero interest rates and currency devaluation in hopes that these would rev up their economies.…View More Struggling to Switch Gears, China Stalls
Uber’s premise is simple: “Tap the app, get a ride.” In just a few years, Uber Technologies Inc. went from mobile app to global phenomenon—…View More Reinventing the Wheel: Uber Diplomacy
Southeast Asia is economically booming, with a flood of foreign investment and a 5 per cent growth rate expected for 2016. A slowing Chinese economy…View More Balance of Power in Southeast Asia: Vietnam’s Strategy
Singapore’s acquisition of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II has shifted from an unlikely possibility to a plausible probability in recent months. The F-35 is…View More Could the F-35 Finally Make its Way to Singapore?
On 10 June 2014, the Islamic State (IS) occupied Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. Since then, ethnic and religious minorities have been prosecuted while IS…View More Putting the Dam in Damocles: Iraq’s Largest Dam at Risk of Collapse
The story of global commodities cast a dark shadow over much of 2015 and this gloominess looks likely to continue in 2016. The price of…View More Tales from the Bottom of the Barrel: What’s Happening to Oil?
On 12 October, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (colloquially just the…View More Angus Deaton: Who is he and Why Does he Matter?
In the centre of Donetsk, the capital of the rebel-controlled territories in eastern Ukraine, the authorities have recently taken the unprecedented step of installing three…View More The Beginning of the End for Putinism
Ever since the last financial crash in 2008, we have successfully avoided another big financial tumble, and have had a relatively strong bull market since…View More Butterflies and Bubbles: A Review and Forecast of Global Markets