Beyond the Ballot: Turkey’s Economy at the Crossroads

Beyond the Ballot: Turkey’s Economy at the Crossroads

Turkey has been approaching a crossroads for some time now. Soon enough it will have to choose a direction. On April 16, 2017 Turks will vote in a referendum on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s proposed constitutional amendment that would shift the country’s power center from a parliamentary system to a presidential one. If successful, not […]

Turkey’s Economy at the Crossroads

Turkey’s Economy at the Crossroads

On July 15, Turkey’s tumultuous 2016 took a shocking twist as elements within the country’s military attempted a coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The putsch rapidly snapped at the seams, and a night that began with soldiers blocking bridges yielded a morning with those same soldiers flogged by civilians in the […]

TTIP & TPP – A Threat to Latin America?

TTIP & TPP – A Threat to Latin America?

For centuries, Latin America’s economies have revolved around exporting commodities – be it digging up minerals and hydrocarbons, planting soya or coffee, or taking advantage of what animals leave behind, the region has historically relied on shipping natural resources overseas. Depending on the era, this could certainly be a lucrative endeavor, but commodity prices are notoriously […]

A New Day in Colombia

A New Day in Colombia

Given Colombia’s recent economic success during years of war, what it could achieve in years of peace? Colombia’s inherited reputation for cocaine, drug-trafficking and conflict may not be entirely undeserved. But in recent years, a new reputation has emerged – one of a serious, safer country with dynamic growth opportunities. Colombia has averaged 4.6 percent […]

Not Your Granma’s Cuba: A New Day in the Caribbean

Much has changed since Fidel Castro arrived on the Granma yacht in 1956. On July 20, 2015, Cuba and the United States reopened their embassies in Washington and Havana for the first time in decades, marking a crucial step towards the normalization of relations. Yet, while much attention will be placed on these international developments, […]

Argentina at a Crossroads

Eleven months ago, as the Argentine national football team marched towards the World Cup Final, the common refrain held that it was a country of 40 million football coaches. It may also be one of 40 million currency specialists. When asked to ballpark the true rate of inflation over coffee in Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentine […]