Global Business Risks and Opportunities: Trumponomics, Brexit and the Year 2017: Regional integration is not an end in itself, but a strategic choice that helps firms and nations to maximize the benefits of globalization. Trade liberalization, rapid advances in technology, and the rising importance of supranational regulations, among others, are three important factors that explain the global economy’s recent trajectory. Download paper here.








GEIA Monthly - February 2017_finalReconciling the Global Supply and Demand for Food: Can we meet the world’s growing demand for food? In many ways, that is the most important question facing mankind. And yet the answer depends on who you talk to. If you go to international food conferences, you find two groups of people: farmers and neo-Malthusian alarmists. The neo-Malthusians claim they see “clear signs” that the world is running out of food, characterized by gruesome images of people on the verge of starvation across the globe. Download paper here






MARCH 2017

On the eve of the Iranian presidential election in May, Iranian President Rouhani has much to feel good about. Thanks to his tireless efforts, Iran’s economy has moved from a recession in 2015/2016 to 7.4% GDP growth in the first half of 2016/2017. But U.S. President Trump’s opposition to the nuclear agreement could deter investment and trade with Iran and threaten to turn Iran’s recovery into another painful recession for the embattled Iranian people.  Download paper here.







APRIL 2017

On the eve of Beijing’s May 2017 Summit on its New Silk Road strategy and plans, historians may well ask how China was able to turn the tables on America in Eurasia. Just six years ago, Eurasian strategists were bullish on America’s New Silk Road strategy and plans. That perception was punctuated by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “New Silk Road” speech on 20 July 2011 in Chennai, India. Back then, China was on the sidelines. In contrast, General Dave Petraeus and his tiger team at the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) were front and center, creating an inclusive New Silk Road strategy with plans for infrastructure that would go through Afghanistan and turn enemies into friends and aid into trade. And all of this would promote shared prosperity and collective security.  Download paper here



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