Publications

China’s Great Digital Leap Forward: Part II

(Editor’s note: The first article in this series discussed the astounding advances which China is making through the application of digital technology – already surpassing the West in certain areas. In this article, we will examine how China’s Party-state operating...

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President Trump’s dilemma after firing FBI Director Comey

President Donald Trump created his own political and legal dilemma. The reports that former FBI Director James Comey wrote a memo about his February meeting with the president creates the real the possibility for obstruction of justice charges. Trump’s impulsive...

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The Virginia School of Political Economy in China: Part III

A CCR Research Study Introduction The following is the third and final part of a report on CCR’s research project into the “Virginia School” of political economy, and its role in China. Part I was published in our February issue; Part II, on the divergence and...

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China’s Great Digital Leap Forward

(Editor’s note: With this article, CCR is initiating a series on China’s digital revolution. The first article will report on the astounding advances which China is making through the application of digital technology – already surpassing the West in certain areas....

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Trump Administration outlook

Economic and geopolitical factors The Trump Administration remains cautious toward the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). No policy decision has been made about U.S. participation, which American corporations encourage in order to pursue business opportunities with...

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Can China and Russia Overcome Central Asia Rivalries?

Originally published on ccradvisorygroup.com on Dec 15, 2016. The success or failure of China’s ambitious Belt and Road program for Eurasian integration and development may be determined along the Steppes of Central Asia.  From the very outset of President Xi...

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One Belt, One Road: Can China Overcome the Obstacles?

Originially published on Oct 26, 2016 on ccradvisorygroup.com. In September 2013, just six months after his election as President of China and ten months after his election as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping made a tour of Central Asia. ...

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The Syrian Deconfliction Zones: A PTB Assessment

The proposal for the deconfliction zones, being discussed back and forth between the US and Russia, represent a combination of realistic needs and unrealistic expectations, particularly on the part of the US and Turkey. The US and Turkey, each for their own separate...

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The Promise – and Perils – of Populism

By Allan Stam Recent American elections, mirroring those in Europe, have heightened the appeal of and concerns about, populists. From the outsider campaign of former community organizer Barack Obama in 2008 to the Tea Party wave in 2010, to the rejection of the...

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European Central Bank “Guidelines”

The European Central Bank has issued new "guidelines" for the big European banks to manage their 900 billion euro in non-performing debt.  The ECB is giving the banks at minimum three years to clean up their books.  This has infuriated the vulture funds that were...

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Market Jitters

While there was some market panic over statements made by Boston Federal Reserve Bank President Eric Rosengren, a "dove" who is now calling for rate hikes, the real reason that there is turbulence on the stock markets of Europe, Wall Street and Asia is the projections...

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Upcoming World Meetings

It is worth noting the dense calendar of meetings involving some of the leading heads of state in the world over the coming two months.   On Sept. 2-3, the East Economic Forum will take place in Vladivostok, Russia, hosted by Putin. Both Japanese Prime Minister Abe...

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Italian Banks

A consensus has emerged that the Italian banks, led by Monte dei Paschi, have to be bailed out, in the range of 210-360 billion euros.  This will necessitate a temporary cancellation of the bail-in law that went into effect throughout the European Union in January...

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The Hague Ruling – Introduction

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague international court legal decision caught the United States by surprise. The legal ruling’s scope and focus was not fully anticipated by the Obama Administration. In contrast, China’s reaction, especially Xi...

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Brexit Report – Introduction

The bombings in Brussels on Tuesday, March 22nd could have an impact on the up and coming June referendum on Brexit.  PTB’s assessment of the Brussels’ bombings is as such: If the Paris and Brussels terrorist incidents continue to escalate including potential bombings...

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Unfolding Financial Crisis and Glass Steagall – Introduction

The global markets’ turmoil has increased market volatility and potentially causing an uncontrolled financial meltdown. However, at this point in the process, economists at the Federal Reserve Bank and private financial analysts do not foresee the financial contagion...

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