The Ukraine conflict represents an existential threat to global food security as some of the world’s largest food exporters: Russia and Ukraine, become embroiled in war. Economics Columnist Sean O’Connell explores what’s happening to world food supplies, and the geopolitical and humanitarian outcomes that come from empty stomachs.Continue Reading

The Russian economy has taken a massive hit as sanctions bite. The effects – both ongoing and soon-to-be – will create chaos within the previously strong-standing society. The country, now being cut off by neighbors and pressured into inescapable stalemates, has introduced new policies detrimental to the Russian people and business. Read on to learn more about the effects of sanctions and to review excerpts of an exclusive BRB interview with a Russian business owner. Continue Reading

Who owns the Arctic and what exactly is so important about it? As climate change leads to the further melting of Arctic ice, countries are scrambling to stake their economic claim in the region. We examine these claims, explore what is driving the claims in the first place, and give some considerations in regards to the future of the earth’s “last frontier.”Continue Reading