Opinion

ALACO DISPATCHES: Re-empowered Rouhani still faces struggle to woo investors

Tom Laub of Alaco May 26, 2017

Though Iran’s reformist leader secured an emphatic re-election victory, the country’s investment prospects remain bleak.

COMMENT: Making Ukrainian energy independence a reality

Alan Apter May 25, 2017

The independence of Ukraine’s energy market remains of fundamental importance to the country’s stability and prosperity.

COMMENT: Rebuilding trust in Ukraine’s financial system

Yakiv Smolii of the National Bank of Ukraine May 25, 2017

From breaking the grip of the oligarchs to curbing inflation, acting governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, Yakiiv Smolii, sees landmark progress since the Euromaidan revolution.

KRUK REPORT: Ukraine feverish as giant healthcare reform hangs in the balance

Kateryna Kruk in Kyiv May 19, 2017

Ambitious plans to overhaul the country's decrepit and corrupt healthcare system must survive parliamentary intrigues and a likely government reshuffle.

STOLYPIN: The US-Russian “axis of emptiness”

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

It is hard to see any real mileage in this relationship because neither side can offer the other what they would want.

COMMENT: Putin's main weakness is voters' passivity

Natalia Antonova in Moscow May 15, 2017

The euphoria that occurred when Crimea was annexed has passed, and the pendulum of the public mood could now swing sharply in the opposite direction.

COMMENT: Financial sector repair needed to spur growth in the Caucasus and Central Asia

Juha Kähkönen of the International Monetary Fund May 10, 2017

The economic slowdown and currency depreciations have added stress to many of the region’s already overburdened, highly-dollarised financial sectors.

KRUK REPORT: Macron’s victory is a win for Kyiv

Kateryna Kruk in Kyiv May 8, 2017

Cautious optimism in Ukraine after centrist Emmanuel Macron wins French presidential elections, but temperature of relations between Elysee Palace and Kremlin to determine Paris' position on Eastern Europe.

ALACO DISPATCHES: Fathoming Ukraine’s faltering transition

Jonathan Melliss of Alaco May 3, 2017

After a decade of largely unfulfilled promises, Ukraine and its people must battle their way out of a post-Euromaidan Catch-22.

STOLYPIN: Medvedev’s fate foreshadows Russia’s

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague May 2, 2017

Chances of PM Medvedev lasting to next year’s presidential poll and the consequent change of government appear slender - and his replacement will inevitably be seen as a potential successor to Putin.

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