Articles by: Kabir Vassanji

Trouble in the Balkans

Trouble in the Balkans

June 1, 2017 at 11:02 AM

Since the conclusion of the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, ethnic conflicts have lingered but remained under control in Eastern Europe. This year, however, has seen rising European nationalism and political turmoil spread into the Balkans. Territorial disputes and internal divisions have shaken the fragile status quo in the formerRead More

Global Currencies – Q1 2017 Wrap-Up

Global Currencies – Q1 2017 Wrap-Up

March 14, 2017 at 11:37 AM

Political Risk Underscores Global FX Volatility North America Political risk will have substantial implications for global markets throughout 2017. We have already seen the impact of Brexit and the Trump election in the past year, and as populism gains momentum, particularly in Western Europe, economic cohesion – and by extensionRead More

Obama, China and a shift in status quo?

Obama, China and a shift in status quo?

January 29, 2017 at 7:56 AM

President Obama has left office with several policy successes on record, but ultimately, America remains divided, insecure at home and overstretched abroad, with waning authority and credibility in former spheres of influence. Two prolonged conflicts, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the 2008 recession had already strained the country’s military andRead More

Trump Vs Clinton: Should Canada have a favourite?

Trump Vs Clinton: Should Canada have a favourite?

October 27, 2016 at 5:36 PM

For many Canadians, the U.S. Presidential race is the gift that keeps on giving. As the election frenzy continues in the build-up to November 8, Canada basks in some welcome global publicity, as universal healthcare, Justin Trudeau’s hair, and quips about Americans fleeing north of the border have all grabbedRead More

Alberta: Beyond Oil Dependence – Part 2

Alberta: Beyond Oil Dependence – Part 2

October 11, 2016 at 7:54 PM

My previous column explored the origins of the petroleum boom in Western Canada and the subsequent era of energy dependence, providing a background to the devastation seen in the region today. Will 2017 bring more doom and gloom or is a recovery on the horizon? And how will government policyRead More

Alberta: Beyond Oil Dependence

Alberta: Beyond Oil Dependence

August 30, 2016 at 7:08 AM

As the global oil crisis approaches the two year-mark, Canadians are wondering what lies in store for one of its hardest-hit regions, Alberta. The story of the provincial recession has been well documented since late 2014, when the price per barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil began itsRead More