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Ringgit affected by yuan and oil woes


August 13, 2015

Michael G. Plummer Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics


Plummer comments on the fall of the Malaysian ringgit predicting another 2% to 5% fall from current levels. "My guess is that it will stabilize around RM4.1, but the confidence interval around the prediction is large", he noted, adding that the currency would not weaken below 4.2. But Plummer said there would not be a major shock, as foreign-currency reserves remain robust despite the drop.


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Tai sao Nga bât ngò lên tiêng phu hoa lâp truông Trung Quôc ò Biên Dông? (in Vietnamese)


August 8, 2015

Hanns Maull Adjunct Professor of International Relations

An article entitled "Why Russia unexpectedly voiced its stance against China in the South China Sea?" quotes Professor Hans Maull who refers to the US State Department's comparison between China's behavior in the South China Sea and Russia's in Ukraine's crisis. Both suggest that Russia and China are willing to carry out what they view as important in the name of national interest. Nevertheless, when it comes to the controversy in the South China Sea, Russia has thus far refused to back up Chinese claims, remaining strongly in favor of any dispute to be resolved on the basis of the international law.


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Dêt may truòc thòi co TPP: Thân tròng vòi dâu tu tù Trung Quoc (in Vietnamese)


August 8, 2015

Michael G. Plummer Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics


An article entitled "Textile opportunities from TPP: Beware of investment from China", cites research by Michael G. Plummer and co-authors Peter Petri and Fan Zhai. Their work highlights that Vietnam is one of the countries that will benefit the most from joining the Transpacific Trade Partnership.


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TTP Discussion


August 4, 2015

Michael G. Plummer Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics


Plummer discusses the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) following the meeting of the TPP Trade Ministers in Maui, Hawaii from July 28-31. The meetings ended without solutions to barriers blocking the final agreement. So what about the next round? According to Plummer, an agreement on the TPP is only a matter of time.


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Accords d'intégration régionale en Afrique: plus on est, mieux c'est? (in French)


July 29, 2015

Jaime de Melo Adjunct Professor of International Economics

De Melo comments on the scarce economic integration between countries on the African continent in which only 12% of trade is internal. In order to increase this share, de Melo suggests focusing on existing regional economic communities, equipping them to face 21st century commerce rather than creating mega-initiatives at the continental level as has recently occurred.


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Geopolitické vize exkluzivne na IW: EU se muze bahnit kupredu dalsí dve dekády, Americany starý kontinent stále více frustruje (in Czech)


July 28, 2015

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies
Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy


"Europe has enormous potential, but time and energy are wasted during the endless debates on the reform of European institutions. Instead it is the demographic bomb or impending implosion of sub-Saharan Africa and resulting immigration flows about which we should be concerned" says Erik Jones in an interview with the Czech publication Investicníweb. He concludes that the EU needs to carry its own weight in global security matters.


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The Mideast needs a League of Nations


July 28, 2015

Sanam Vakil Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies

Vakil advocates the creation of a Middle Eastern League of Nations - a regional security organization composed of all Middle Eastern countries including the Gulf states, Egypt, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iran and Turkey, as a first step to promoting regional cooperation. This organization should collectively assume responsibility for the security and stability of the Middle East.


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Pontifex Economicus


July 27, 2015

Stefano Zamagni Vice Director for Italian Affairs, SAIS Europe
Senior Adjunct Professor of International Economics


Zamagni discusses the concept of environment in the context of the new papal decree "Laudato si: On Care for our Common Home", affirming that "from an economic point of view, the environment is a common good...it is not a private good or a public good, which means that we cannot cope with the problem of the environment using market mechanisms per se, or government intervention."


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Non farei il taglio della tassa sulla prima casa. Prioritario investire (in Italian)


July 24, 2015

Filippo Taddei Assistant Professor of Economics
Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research


Taddei illustrates that the primary objective of the new Italian tax cuts is to stimulate investment in order for employment to return to its pre-crisis levels. He notes that he is not the sponsor of the measure to eliminate property taxes on primary residences, but that this is a step intended to restore trust.


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Ngân hàng châu Âu: Kich ban xau nhat còn o phía truoc (in Vietnamese)


July 24, 2015

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies
Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy


In an article entitled "European banks: the worst scenario still ahead", Erik Jones comments that although the European banking system has thus far avoided a crisis of transmission during the Greek bailouts, the system remains at risk.


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Raffaella A. Del Sarto is a scholar in Middle East Studies and International Relations and the Director of BORDERLANDS, a five-year research project funded by a highly competitive research grant from the European Research Council. Her research interests center on the nexus between international relations and domestic politics in the Middle East, often in relation to the European Union, questions of borders and interdependence… read more.


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