STOLYPIN: Putin builds a Presidential Administration fit for stagnation

By Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague June 14, 2018

What better time than the eve of the World Cup for Vladimir Putin to reshuffle his team? However, if his tweaks of the Presidential Administration are anything to go by, he no change in direction is needed. He'd better think again.

COLCHIS: Georgia’s sputtering reform fires

Michael Cecire of New America June 14, 2018

It has become something of a truism that among the Euro-Atlantic aspirants, Georgia is the “leader of the pack” in terms of political and civil reforms, but reform fires have faded somewhat and the coals need stoking.

FILM REVIEW: Personal and political merge in "The Other Side of Everything"

Vadim Dumesh in Paris June 14, 2018

The extraordinary and engaging character of Professor Srbijanka Turajlic is at the epicentre of Serbia’s turbulent recent history in this subtle documentary.

ALACO DISPATCHES: Can Latvia clean up its troubled banking sector?

Yigal Chazan of Alaco June 13, 2018

US pressure prompts anti-money laundering measures but also exposes the limitations of European regulatory oversight.

COMMENT: National interests undermine dreams of unified EU energy policy

Christopher Stakhovsky in Paris June 7, 2018

Bulgaria has become a poster child for the limits of Europe’s capacity to integrate new members, especially when it comes to the European Commission’s energy priorities.

COMMENT: Russia’s oil giant Rosneft just crossed one of China’s red lines in Vietnam

Nicholas Trickett in London June 5, 2018

Russia’s largest oil company state-owned Rosneft started drilling at a natural gas at a field off of Vietnam’s coast and cross one of Beijing’s red lines in the process.

COMMENT: Russia and Iran: Friends and silent foes

Emil Avdaliani in Tbilisi June 5, 2018

The cooperation between Moscow and Tehran has been strengthened as Russia’s Middle East role grows and both powers find themselves squeezed by US sanctions. But they remain geopolitical rivals. And that hampers their partnership potential.

KRUK REPORT: The unbearable lightness of being alive

Kateryna Kruk in Kyiv May 31, 2018

At this point, there is no need to repeat details of the staged murder of Arkadiy Babchenko by Ukrainian Security Service (SBU). The news of his death crossed the world in the speed of light but the operations brought a lot of criticism too.

MACRO ADVISORY: Going Cold Turkey, Russia wants an end to OPEC production cuts

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory May 30, 2018

Moscow, rather than a US Presidential tweet, is the initiator of the expected revised Russia-OPEC production deal. The Kremlin has made it clear for some time that it is a lot less happy with high, and rising, oil prices of late.

COMMENT: Ukraine’s final call for the IMF programme

SP Advisors in Kyiv May 29, 2018

If Kyiv squanders this opportunity, it will have to muddle through to end-2019 without any material support from IFIs.

COMMENT: Uzbekistan reforms are a delicate matter

Kakha Baindurashvili in Tbilisi May 28, 2018

Uzbekistan's new President Shavkat Mirziyoyev met his counterpart US President Donald Trump in Washington on May 16 where his reforms were praised. But how far as the most populous country in Central Asia actually come?

BOOK REVIEW: Inside Central Asia’s largest trading hub

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest May 23, 2018

Wracked by revolutions and crippled by poverty, Kyrgyzstan nonetheless created the conditions for Bishkek’s Dordoi bazaar to become a giant trading hub for the Eurasian region.

COMMENT: Remittances bring large benefits and dire consequences

Alex M. Tanase in London May 21, 2018

Countries like Romania and Moldova need to act now to entice back migrants and encourage the use of remittances for investment rather than consumption.