Holding up the World’s Pants: Xi’s Belt and Road

The Asia Team has analyzed China’s push to cement itself as a global superpower through a massive global infrastructure known as the Belt and Roads Initiative. This includes China’s growing influence in Africa and South East Asia, the economic and political implications of their global initiative, as well as accusations of predatory and colonialist expansionism and domestic…

A Sacred Cow: The Past, Present & Future of Canadas Supply Management

Canada’s milk supply management system has evolved consistent with its objectives to control surpluses, increase producer returns, and offset processor market power at acceptable government cost. It now faces important internal challenges to the system. While there are important counter trends, overall growth in Canadian dairy markets has been slow, strong quota prices have dampened…

Marijuana Legalization

With the legalization of marijuana in Canada confirmed for October 17th, provinces across the country are scrambling to develop sensible policies that allow for safe and convenient distribution. In an environment where consumers are largely satisfied with an established underground market, policy makers are faced with difficult decisions. This report contrasts Ontario’s plan with the…

China’s Housing Bubble

China’s real estate mania has caused astronomical housing price growth of over 600% in key cities such as Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen over the past few decades. From speculation of a bursting property bubble to mysterious ghost towns, the housing market in China is watched worldwide. The Chinese government has taken radical steps to cool…

Saudi Arabia’s New Crowned Prince

Since the Third Saudi State in the early 20th Century, the Kingship has been handed down from brother to brother. Saudi Arabia saw a shift in power when Mohammed Bin Salman, son of the current king, was announced crown prince June of 2017, taking the position from his cousin Mohammed bin Nayef. Since MBS’s appointment,…