Archive for June, 2018

How North Korea Could Go From Hermit Kingdom to Factory Hub

Via Foreign Policy, an interesting article on North Korea’s economic potential: This month’s summit in Singapore between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sparked hopes that the two men can solve a decades-old impasse and open up one of the world’s most closed economies. Those visions may not be a pipe […]

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Will Iran’s Economy Collapse?

Via Al-Monitor, an OpEd on Iran’s economic future: Turbulent developments in the past few months on the foreign exchange and gold markets in Iran and the government’s failure to manage runaway prices has compelled some economists to start using the term “bubble economy.” The interrelationship among various markets within the country’s economy was explained in […]

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Economic Scramble For North Korea Heats Up

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report on North Korea and what appears to be Pyongyang preference for pursuing a state-guided Chinese model over unfettered capitalism: When Donald Trump outlined his vision for the economic development of North Korea, he played on western ideals of luxurious apartments with sea views. But just days after a […]

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Could North Korea Be The Next Vietnam?

Via Capital Economics, an interesting look at North Korea: • Tomorrow’s historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore has raised the (distant) prospect of international sanctions against North Korea being lifted, a move that one day could even pave the way for the country’s integration into the global economy. While North […]

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North Korea: Opening For Business?

Courtesy of The New York Times, a report on the potential for North Korea to open its economy:  North Korea is one of the world’s most isolated countries. It is ruled by an unpredictable dictator with his finger on the nuclear button. So, who wants to invest there? Well, basically nobody. But leading up to […]

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Tajikistan: All That Glitters Is Not Gold…

Via OCCRP, a detailed look at an opaque gold deal in Tajikistan: Sitting in rows upon rows of plastic blue chairs, hundreds of men and women in colorful traditional dress listened attentively to their president. Known in his country’s press universally as the “Founder of Peace and National Unity” (the use of the title is […]

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