RSF Index 2018 takes aim at populist leaders from Donald Trump to Czech President Milos Zeman, warning that hostility towards the media is no longer limited to authoritarian regimes.
When Russia hooked its capital markets into the global financial system in 2012 it caused a revolution. Billions of dollars poured into the local government bond market. Now Kazakhstan and Ukraine want to join the party.
Increased transit container traffic through the Eurasian Economic Union will depend on trade between China and the EU, but transit states will need to expand their transport infrastructure and remove a number of barriers, EDB report says.
No sign of panic in commercial capital Almaty but central bank intervention likely if ripple effect spreads.
It is plausible to think hydrocarbon resources might be opened up by a border deal between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan but the Iranians would have plenty to say about that.