Eurasia / Opinion

OBITUARY: Rafsanjani – a political titan and mercurial moderate in post-revolutionary Iran

bne IntelliNews January 9, 2017

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a dominant figure in Iran’s post-revolution politics, died on January 8, aged 82, from a heart attack.

COLCHIS: Nato’s return on investment

Michael Cecire of New America January 6, 2017

Trump appears to have little sense of Nato’s history or purpose. It was formed not merely as a military bulwark against an aggressive Soviet Russia, but as part of a positive agenda to secure and expand a liberal, democratic space.

INVISIBLE HAND: Trump’s impact on the world will be dramatic

Liam Halligan in London January 3, 2017

Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election is often characterized as a surprise. The rural and semi-urban swing-voters who backed him are probably also right to suspect that many of Trump’s campaign pledges won’t actually come to pass.

MACRO ADVISOR: Uzbekistan – is this the opening of a new frontier?

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory December 1, 2016

There are lots of reasons for investors to be wary of Uzbekistan, but with the presidential election on December 4 the process of change has begun.

MACRO ADVISOR: Investors attracted by Iran potential but remain wary

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory November 22, 2016

Investing in Iran is a little bit like being offered a lot of money to spend one night in a spooky house. Those who hold their nerve will be rewarded, but in the meantime any possibility for peaceful sleep is out of the question.

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