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Peru’s gold and copper exports have helped it become one of Latin America’s leading economic performers, but falling worldwide mineral prices and internal environmental opposition have hit its trade figures. The government has implemented several economic stimulus measures, but it also has to deal with growing organised crime and corruption. President Ollanta Huma...
The economic policy of Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – dubbed ‘Abenomics’ – centres on weakening the yen in a bid to revive the economy. It has been welcomed by exporters and boosted the Stock Market, but it has a downside. Japan, now importing 90 per cent of its energy resources, is running the biggest trade deficit since records began.
Dr. Stefan Lippert
The public diplomatic spat between Ecuador and the British government over the granting of asylum to Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange is more about President Rafael Correa exerting power at an opportune time than human rights. Ecuador is looking to raise its influence in Latin America and the president has his eye on re-election in 2013 as the arguments continue o...
Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
Veteran politician Ichiro Ozawa – the powerbroker of Japanese politics who helped create election victory for Japan’s governing party - has formed a rival group. Now he is determined to oust the prime minister for breaking election promises over tax rises. He wants to form a populist alliance with the mayors from Osaka and Tokyo. But the new-look party lacks a visi...
Support for Josefina Vazquez Mota is growing in the race for the next President of Mexico. She has shaken up the election race as the first female candidate selected by a main political party. Her popularity is growing with a campaign focussing on women’s liberation as one of the major factors changing cultural, social and political life in Mexico. GIS guest expert...
Professor Raul Benitez-Manaut