China – Battle over Policy Goes Public

A damaging bout of market volatility early in the year was overcome in part thanks to assurances from Prime Minister Li Keqiang that policy makers in Beijing had no intention of relying on a steep devaluation of the yuan to boost an export sector that has been hobbled by slowing productivity growth Read Entire Entry

Political Players in Kenya

Uhuru Kenyatta: The president is the son of Jomo Kenyatta, the country’s first post-independence leader, and served as a deputy prime minister in the government of national unity formed in 2008.  Kenyatta is a polarizing figure—his nomination as the presidential candidate of KANU in 2002 Read Entire Entry

Algeria – Succession Speculation Intensifying

The risk of a destablizing succession battle has been present ever since President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term in April 2014, less than one year after suffering a serious stroke. Recent events have lent credence to widespread suspicions that Bouteflika is incapable of fulfilling the Read Entire Entry