Monthly Archives: October 2019

Nigerian border closure has implications for Africa’s economic integration

Nigeria recently partially closed its border with Benin in an attempt to stem the smuggling of rice. It then closed its land borders to the movement of all goods from Benin, Niger and Cameroon, effectively prohibiting trade flows with its neighbors. Border closures are nothing new in Africa. But Nigeria’s …

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Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia commit to deepening their economic integration

The proclaimed withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine continues to be widely rejected, as several regions reported continued airstrikes overnight and heavy fighting raged in some cities despite hopes that progress was being made to end the conflict. More than a month after the start of its unprovoked invasion, Russia …

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Why did economic integration fail in Hong Kong?

Since reverting to sovereignty from China, the PRC has banked on the economic integration of Hong Kong and Macau to “forge a stronger national feeling”. So what happened? “Hong Kong and Macau are strange neighbors because the former has seen very large-scale democratic movements (and recently a smaller-scale independence movement) …

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