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.

FILM REVIEW: “Zero Days” by expose veteran Gibney is a must-see study of cyber-warfare

Vadim Dumesh in Paris January 5, 2017

“Zero Days”, the latest documentary by Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney, makes a chilling and urgent claim that the cyber domain has become an as-yet unregulated fourth dimension of warfare.

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.

ALACO DISPATCHES: Is Russian activist Navalny falling into Putin’s trap?

Nicolae Reutoi of Alaco December 22, 2016

By putting himself forward as a candidate in Russia’s presidential race, the anticorruption-activist-turned-politician risks jeopardising his political future and the opposition’s prospects.

KRUK REPORT: Ukraine facing an uncertain 2017

Kateryna Kruk in Kyiv December 20, 2016

In Ukraine the end of December and beginning of January is always a silent period, when most of events and problems slow down. But those problems don’t go away.

FILM REVIEW: Slovenian “Houston, We Have a Problem!” is an entertaining ‘post-truth’ exercise

Vadim Dumesh in Paris December 19, 2016

“Houston, We Have a Problem!” is a ‘docu-fiction’ that audaciously and masterfully develops the myth of the Yugoslavian space programme sold to the Yanks.

MACRO ADVISOR: Oil price and ruble exchange rate to determine Russian asset prices in 2017

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory December 19, 2016

When we review what drove Russian asset prices in 2017, it will be the actions of Khalid Al-Falih and Elvira Nabiullina, as influenced by their bosses Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Vladimir Putin, which will likely have proven most decisive.

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