Argentina – still more import controls, now against the UK;

Australia – Gillard won a battle, but still has to fight the war;

Belarus – ever more isolated;

Brazil – battling the real’s buoyancy;

Somalia – a turning point for a failed state?

South Sudan – no end in sight to the conflict over oil;

Venezuela – new concerns about President Chavez’ health.

Other countries mentioned in the report:  Chile, Ecuador, Greece, Ireland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Ukraine

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