31 Jan 2014 Kimberley's Illicit Process
The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme was designed to keep blood diamonds out of the global marketplace. Yet, as Khadija Sharife and John Grobler reveal, that hasn’t stopped some people from using the arms trade, tax havens and legal loopholes to keep the dark side of the diamond trade out of sight. More on «Kimberley's Illicit Process»
30 Dec 2013 Smuggling Flourishes in Tunisia
The smuggling of illicit goods now accounts for 40% of the Tunisian economy and 30% of its jobs. Today, Mohamed Chaouki Ben Hassan describes the conditions that make this activity so lucrative. It’s no surprise, by the way, that the fallout from the Arab Spring is among them. More on «Smuggling Flourishes in Tunisia»
26 Sep 2013 Is Armenia Turning East?
Armenia’s announcement that it wants to join the Belarus-Kazakhstan-Russia customs union caught many Western observers off-guard. The same can also be said of the country’s opposition parties, writes Mikayel Zolyan. Their criticisms of the decision have been guarded thus far. More on «Is Armenia Turning East?»
10 Sep 2013 Latin America's Left Gets Cozy
Venezuela recently took over the six-month presidency of MERCOSUR, an organization that it joined only in July 2012. According to Antonio Lecuna, this turn of events reflects a growing convergence between Latin America's moderate left-wing governments and their Bolivarian counterparts. More on «Latin America's Left Gets Cozy»