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Evaluating the Critical Components of Global Decision Making

Whether it’s the allure of bringing your unique product to an emerging market, or tapping into a free-trade zone  in a geographically convenient location, bringing your company to the global stage is an intriguing prospect. Taking the time to properly vet political stability, infrastructure and labor conditions, and travel security for one or more potential … Continue reading “Evaluating the Critical Components of Global Decision Making”

Populism Part 3: Populism and the Economy

Populism Part 3: Populism and the Economy This is the third and final installment of our series on populism. Part one defines populism and part two explores the contrast between populism and nationalism. While not every populist movement should be considered a hindrance to business, identifying populist movements can help a company identify potential problems … Continue reading “Populism Part 3: Populism and the Economy”

Current Projects of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

While US President Donald Trump’s first major Asian trip is unlikely to include any discussion of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, there is no denying that the AIIB has been busy since it began operations in January, 2016. Here’s a look at some of the projects the development bank has been involved in the past … Continue reading “Current Projects of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank”

Populism part two: Populism’s relationship to nationalism

This post is the second part of a three-part series on populism. The first part of the series defines populism and provides some historical case studies. Populism part two: Populism’s relationship to nationalism In both explicit and implicit terms, populism is often confused with nationalism. The two political movements share similarities, such as gearing policy … Continue reading “Populism part two: Populism’s relationship to nationalism”

Christian Democracy

Democracy is often linked with a separation of church and state. Therefore, the concept of Christian democratic parties – such as Germany’s Christian Democratic Union – seems contradictory– particularly for readers in the United States. In Europe, however, this political movement has a nearly 150 year history and has been particularly influential during the postwar … Continue reading “Christian Democracy”

Populism Part 1: Definition and Historical Case Studies

Populism Part 1: Definition and Historical Case Studies Over the last year, candidates from Donald Trump to Andrej Babis have been labeled populists. These candidates tapped into the needs of their respective electorates, often stunning political pundits with victories that, when looking back, seem obvious. This particular message – essentially promising the average citizen more … Continue reading “Populism Part 1: Definition and Historical Case Studies”