For the past forty years, France has relied primarily on nuclear power. But as the energy landscape continues to rapidly change, France’s nuclear sector is plagued with both financial and safety troubles. Can France maintain its status as renewable energy powerhouse, or will it have to integrate alternative sources of energy?
During the late 20th century, Brazil’s story was not very different from that of the rest of Latin America. As the 1980s began most South and Central American countries, along other developing nations of the world, faced stagnant economies with high levels of inflation. The Mexican default in 1982 augmented monetary pressures throughout the region, leading to the loss of Brazil’s access to foreign financial markets. By 1985 one thing was clear: economic and fiscal reform was necessary.
On October 21, 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a multi-billion dollar deal with Great Britain on his four-day visit to the country. Despite the magnitude of Chinese investment to finance projects of mutual interests, American and European criticism gave business a grain of salt.
During his recent visit to the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani encouraged American private investment in the soon-to-be unrestricted Iranian economy.
In the wake of the last millennium, the United Nations Millennium Project spearheaded a global concerted pursuit to eradicate poverty. Nations and leading global institutions congregated to commit to a series of quantified and time-bound targets that came to be known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
With the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan decreasing by tens of thousands each year since 2011, the once stable war economy that was headed by over $130 billion donated by countries across the globe since the Taliban’s fall in 2001 is on the edge of a cliff ready to plummet into another period of rampant corruption and depression.
After nearly a decade in the works, the largest trade deal in history is on track for ratification. Initiated by the Bush administration in 2008, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has evolved, largely in secret, into a vast treaty President Obama seeks to make into his crowning achievement.
Merely 30 years ago, Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone announced his desire to transform Japan into an “unsinkable aircraft carrier”. Three decades later, Japan cannot plug the holes of that carrier fast enough to keep it from sinking. Is there a lesson the U.S. can take from Japan?