Troubles Ahead for Brexit and Northern Ireland

A cursory walk down the streets of central Belfast reveals a city in revival. Bustling pedestrian walkways provide access to numerous bars and cafes all thrumming with office workers enjoying a pint on their lunch break. Extravagant graffiti, once viewed as provocative and inflammatory, have largely been appropriated and adopted as part of the city’s charismatic charm. Not far from... [ more ]


China the Reluctant Superpower

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio brought back memories of the 2008 opening ceremony in Beijing, a monumental occasion that, for many, marked the rise and rise of China. For much of the last decade the narrative was generally that of a zero sum game where the rise of China as a superpower would be at the... [ more ]


Turkish Expropriation

Yesterday saw the Turkish stock market fall more than 7% in response to last weeks failed Coup attempt. The cost of insuring against a default on Turkish government debt based on five-year credit default swaps rose 22bp as investors took stock of underlying political risks in the country. Piotr Matys at Rabobank told that “We expect Turkish assets to... [ more ]

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili

Georgia’s Balancing Act

On June 8, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili to NATO Headquarters for talks on Georgia’s ongoing reform efforts and prospect for further cooperation. Stoltenberg praised Georgia’s contribution to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission (RSM) in Afghanistan and welcomed Georgia’s impressive defence reform. The Secretary went further by stating that “Over the past two years, we have... [ more ]


Brazil: A coup?

“If anyone still had no certainty that there is a coup in… the fraud, strongly incriminating statements on the real objectives of impeachment, and who is behind it, removes any doubt”, charged President Rousseff when speaking about the recent scandal involving Planning Minister Romero Jucá and his secretly recorded plot to oust her. Jucá was keen to have President Rousseff... [ more ]