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Putin’s Syria Move Raises Russian Profile

Vladimir Putin, determined to revive Russia’s status as a global power, has rapidly mobilized forces to bolster the Assad regime in Syria. He orchestrated a meeting with US President Barack Obama at the September UN General Assembly meeting, to give the appearance that he is taking charge of ending the Islamic State’s expansion in Iraq and Syria, explains Thomas Graham, a senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs based at Yale University. The move carries risks, and the United States still has great capacity to influence the region with its response.

Hidden Story in China’s FDI Statistics

Investors around the world seek secure places to store assets. Chinese firms and individuals hold enormous amounts of liquid money, and many seek to diversify with non-Chinese assets. Farok J. Contractor, professor at Rutgers, suggests that Chinese firms may be creating subsidiaries to ease transfers, which explains why as much as 70 percent of outbound foreign direct investment capital from China flows to Caribbean nations and Hong Kong.