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Growth of Alternative Lending in India

Growth of Alternative Lending in India

December 12, 2017 at 4:48 PM

Reshma, a cheerful lady of 48, works as a cook at multiple households in Mumbai (India). Her character is commendable and she is often recommended to other households for her work and integrity. Apart from her work, Reshma is devoted to her daughter and wishes to give her the opportunitiesRead More

India’s Nuclear Doctrine

India’s Nuclear Doctrine

December 5, 2017 at 2:18 PM

The use of nuclear weapons as a means of deterrence is a paradox that has been defining international relations since the Cold War; it has also impacted domestic policies and the development of countries. India, a case in point, had acquired nuclear capabilities in 1960s but very unusually so, didRead More

Soft Power: The Scramble for Popularity

Soft Power: The Scramble for Popularity

November 28, 2017 at 1:51 PM

China’s newest and most effective weapons are called Meng Meng (梦梦) and Jiao Qing (交情). They weight between 70-100 kilograms, are kept very safely in an space of almost 5000 square meters, yearly maintenance costs devour 920.000 Euro per year and they are – Panda Bears. Meng Meng and JiaoRead More

Zimbabwe: Pandora’s box opened

Zimbabwe: Pandora’s box opened

November 24, 2017 at 10:38 PM

I have followed, with great interest, the timeline travelled by the unique developments in Zimbabwe over the leadership of (Ex) President Robert Mugabe. The developments have ended with the popular acclamation of a new leader, however the preceding events have been utterly intriguing and worrying. Chief among them is theRead More

On the Kenyan repeat election: Boycotts and fresh trouble

On the Kenyan repeat election: Boycotts and fresh trouble

October 26, 2017 at 6:10 PM

Kenyans turned out in huge numbers on August 8, 2017 to choose their new leader. The official outcome of the presidential election showed that the incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta, had won with 54 percent against opposition leader Raila Odinga’s 44 percent. Prior to the announcement of the election results, seniorRead More

The African “Problem”: International Criminal Court

The African “Problem”: International Criminal Court

October 12, 2017 at 9:56 AM

“The court has ended up doing its cases in Africa because that’s where it has jurisdiction and because crimes have been committed there.”- Alex Whiting In 2009, the International Criminal Court issued its first warrant for the arrest of Omar Hassan Ahmad Bashir. He has been the president of the RepublicRead More

Fintech and Emerging Economies

Fintech and Emerging Economies

October 10, 2017 at 6:13 PM

The spread of fintech (financial technology), presents itself as an effective strategy of development in emerging economies. It has the capacity to maximize the economic potential of third world countries.  More importantly, the financial exclusion of the world’s poor can be remedied through fintech’s expansion.It will facilitate the lives ofRead More

North Korea: Putin context

North Korea: Putin context

September 28, 2017 at 10:23 AM

A new source of legitimacy From the recent Hydrogen bomb test, to the launch of a missile over Japanese territory, to threats to bomb the US island territory of Guam, North Korea’s determined efforts to develop its nuclear weapons program have kept global leaders on edge this past summer. MostRead More

Brazil: Temerity, Impeachment and Temer

Brazil: Temerity, Impeachment and Temer

September 18, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Michel Temer is in deep trouble and could be the second president impeached within just one year.  The presidency represents the pinnacle to any politician’s career. Desired by many, yet fitting for very few. It has the potential to either make or break a political career. In noRead More

DACA and Obama: A false paragon?

DACA and Obama: A false paragon?

September 12, 2017 at 4:26 PM

‘This is about basic decency’ Then what was deporting 3 million undocumented immigrants? More deportations occurred under the Obama administration than any other presidency. Then why are we pretending he is a friend to/of undocumented immigrants?   The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a deportation-deferral program passed in 2012 thatRead More