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Data Sovereignty and the Future of Citizenship

When Vietnam’s government voted to pass a cybersecurity law on June 12, objections were raised both inside and outside the country; objections largely  centered around the government’s tightening grip on social media and its stifling effect on free speech. In addition, the new cybersecurity bill includes a provision that requires foreign Internet firms operating in … Continue reading “Data Sovereignty and the Future of Citizenship”

What’s in a name: Three recent name changes on the Global Stage

IHOP wasn’t the only international name change met with controversy last week. When Greece and the country formerly known as Macedonia agreed to a name change (to North Macedonia), citizens in both countries protested, illustrating the complex emotions behind what a name. How a country goes about changing its name is as varied as why … Continue reading “What’s in a name: Three recent name changes on the Global Stage”

G7 Drama & Hot Button Issues

If stereotypes were to prevail, Canada’s turn at the group’s annual presidency should have been a polite and reserved affair. The conclusion of this year’s meeting of the G7 in Charlevoix, Quebec, was one of the more contentious (and possibly exciting) in recent history; a meeting that adjourned raising more questions regarding the future of … Continue reading “G7 Drama & Hot Button Issues”

Economic Intelligence and Australian Wine

When Duncan Lewis, head of Australia’s Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), warned that Chinese businessmen posed a risk to Australia’s election integrity, he was acting to protect Australia’s security. While protecting Australia was his agenda, his statement, and the subsequent bill being debated in Australia’s government, had the unintended consequence of potentially costing Australian exporters millions … Continue reading “Economic Intelligence and Australian Wine”

Global connectivity: How safe is your Internet connection?

Internet connections are more fragile and terrestrial than they seem. With approximately 99% of Internet travel occurring underseas, it’s surprising that outages aren’t more common. Knowing the level of connectivity to a particular country can help decision makers choose which countries their firm does business. Analysis: The New Zealand Outage A construction project in Sydney, … Continue reading “Global connectivity: How safe is your Internet connection?”

Malaysia: How an economic challenge could become a political liability

When Malaysia’s top palm oil export markets decide to curb imports, one expects the usual government level posturing followed by due-diligence in replacing the lost export revenue. Indeed, when India and the European Union both declared that they were reducing the amount of palm oil they were willing to import, Malaysia did both: announcing that … Continue reading “Malaysia: How an economic challenge could become a political liability”

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”