Eastern Europe / Opinion

STOLYPIN: Belarus tests limits of Russian confidence

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague February 15, 2017

If Lukashenko gets away with his shakedown of Russia, it will be a useful indicator to just how confident the Russians really are behind their facade of cynical bombast.

COLCHIS: The contagion of ‘unpolarity’

Michael Cecire of New America February 2, 2017

The murder of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey exposes the withered, snapping moorings of the old US-led unipolar order and an early preview of how an unpolar world might appear.

ALACO DISPATCHES: Russia makes big play for Iranian trade

Yigal Chazan of Alaco February 1, 2017

Moscow seizes the opportunity to strengthen economic ties with Tehran as Western investors sit on the sidelines.

COMMENT: CEE’s legal market goes local

David Stuckey of CEE Legal Matters January 20, 2017

As international legal firms pull back, regional and local firms are moving in, bringing fees down.

STOLYPIN: Russia has no grand plans, but lots of ‘adhocrats’

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague January 18, 2017

The hollowing out of state institutions have left Russia in the hands of what we can call ‘adhocrats’ – agents of the Kremlin who may come from the civil service or business, and operate fluidly across traditional roles as needs dictate.

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