Domestic Policy · Fiscal and Monetary Affairs

Economic Forecast: 2014

Over the last 16 months we have seen substantial growth in the GDP of the economy with the first quarter of this year expected to be ticking in at 2.6%. This is in line with the 2.6% growth which was seen in the fourth quarter of 2013. The overall GDP growth for this year is… Continue reading Economic Forecast: 2014

East Asian Affairs · Foreign Policy

Kim Jong Un, March 2003: A Recollection

I don’t remember much of my time in North Korea since I was traveling a lot at that time and so my recollections are sparse at best. Needless to say the elder Kim (Kim Jong IL) has passed and his son (Kim Jong Un) has taken the reins of power. I was last in Korea… Continue reading Kim Jong Un, March 2003: A Recollection

African Affairs · Middle Eastern Affairs

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: An Obituary

As I looked at the recent al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) propaganda tape I (like most of the civilized world) could not help but question the inane insanity of the enemy that we seem to find ourselves dealing with. And though I’m no expert on AQAP by any means whatsoever I still was able… Continue reading Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: An Obituary