economic progress

Two freighters are preparing to transit the Panama Canal starting at Gatun Locks on the Atlantic side © Matthew Ragen/veer

Does Climate Change Threaten the Future of the Panama Canal?

Panama’s economic prospects are bright. Yet global warming may endanger one of the country’s main sources of revenue and growth – the Panama Canal. It’s essential to build resilience around one of the world’s most important waterways. Panama has made itself into a financial hub in the Americas. Over the past five years, its economy […]

Havana in May 2015 © Stefan Tariczky via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Cuba’s Slow Motion Glasnost

As diplomatic relations between Havana and Washington thaw, pressure for reform within Cuba is mounting. But just how far will political change in the country go and how will this affect US-Cuban relations? On 20 July, the US Embassy in Havana officially reopened, marking the culmination of the policy of détente begun in December 2014. […]

© alphaspirit/veer

Innovative Enterprise and Dynamic Democracy

Latin America’s startup scene is vibrant and growing, yet regional differences are plentiful. Jamie Stark looks at social and political factors driving innovative businesses in Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil – and asks, Is democracy a startup essential? What does it take to make a strong business culture? Political stability, investment capital, highly educated employees […]

© m a c s f via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The Tyranny of the Establishment

Asia’s growing middle-income population flexes its political muscle. Yet, reactionaries among them stand in the way of democratization, as recent developments in Thailand and Indonesia have shown. If forecasts are anything to go by, Asia will account for two thirds of the global middle class population in 2030. Whereas investors and businesses already did the math and […]