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Global Rice Prices Hit 15-Year High

(click to enlarge) The global rice market is currently facing a storm due to a mix of climate change, El Nino and restrictive export policies,...

Global Economic Trends, 2023

(click to enlarge) According to a report recently published by the International Monetary Fund, global economic growth will be significantly slower in 2023 and 2024...

Asia’s Economic Outlook

(click to enlarge) Amid China’s weaker-than-expected economic performance, the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office cut its 2023 growth forecast for the region to 4.3 percent from...

Rising Prices Slow the Green Transition

(click to enlarge) Oct. 9 marks the start of London Metal Exchange Week, an annual gathering where members of the global metals community across the...

Europe’s Stagnant Economy

(click to enlarge) Europe's economy stalled in the second quarter of 2023, registering no growth at the European Union level and growth of just 0.1...

Russia and China Unite Over Mongolia

(click to enlarge) The periphery commands growing attention. Amid ongoing Western pressure on Russia and the complexities confronting the Chinese economy, both nations seek to...

Trends in Global Drug Use and Production

(click to enlarge) An estimated 296 million people worldwide are drug users, according to the most recent U.N. World Drug Report. The report warns about...

The Price of Cheap Energy

(click to enlarge) Notwithstanding the hype around green energy and electric vehicles, governments worldwide spent some 7 percent of gross domestic product subsidizing fossil fuels...

Jobs at Risk from Generative AI

(click to enlarge) Advancements in technology inevitably change the way we work and live, but they affect different segments of society unevenly. The latest breakthrough...

Protectionism Drives Food Prices Higher

(click to enlarge) On July 20, three days after Russia pulled out of the Black Sea grain deal, India opted to impose restrictions on the...

Shifts in Global Investment

(click to enlarge) 2021 saw spikes in foreign direct investment in many regions around the world as economies began their recoveries from the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Tracking Japan’s Defense Modernization

(click to enlarge) Since 2017, Japan’s spending on defense has been rising faster than its gross domestic product. The 2023 budget for the armed forces,...

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