By Jisan Kim* This year, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank ("AIIB") will officially initiate its operations with $100 billion of capital. The AIIB aims to fund much-needed basic infrastructure projects in Asia, and it seeks to differentiate itself from existing multilateral development banks ("MDBs") like the World Bank by not requiring privatization or deregulation … [Read more...] about Regulating Economic Development: Environmental and Social Standards of the AIIB and the IFC
By Marissa Florio On March 20, 2016, President Obama became the first sitting United States President to visit Cuba in 88 years. Over the last few years of his presidency, he has promoted a thaw in relations with Cuba, beginning with an announcement on December 17, 2014 that diplomatic relations would be restored. These developing relations have directly led to changes in … [Read more...] about Closing the 90 Mile Gap: How Changing U.S.-Cuba Relations Lead to Changing Law
By Josh Macfarlane Tango 01—Argentina’s equivalent to Air Force One—hasn’t gotten much air time recently. The plane was grounded in 2013 by the country’s former President Cristina Kirchner, who was allegedly afraid that foreign creditors would seize the jet. Ms. Kirchner’s fears were not unfounded considering the country twice defaulted on its sovereign debt … [Read more...] about Could Collective Action Clauses have saved Argentina’s Presidential Plane?
By Christopher Mirasola June 8, 1708. It is almost eight years after King Louis XIV installed his grandson Philip on the Spanish throne and Europe is only halfway through the War of Spanish Succession, a conflict pitting the English, Dutch, and Austrians against Louis XIV and Philip. Sixteen miles off the coast of Cartagena (a port city in present-day Colombia) Commodore … [Read more...] about Swimming Against the Tide: Colombia’s claim to a Shipwreck and Sunken Treasure
Image from https://globalquiz.org/en/quiz-image/ethiopia-from-space/. By Lindsay Church The freedom of expression is the cornerstone of a functioning democracy. Journalists monitor the government and share information so that citizens can be informed and participate in the democratic process. This essential right of free speech, however, must be balanced with national … [Read more...] about Striking the Balance: Combating Terrorism and Preserving the Freedom of Expression in Ethiopia