Opinion

KRUK REPORT: Saakashvili is stripped of Ukrainian citizenship as Poroshenko’s re-election campaign gets underway

Kateryna Kruk in Kyiv July 27, 2017

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has been stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship, the latest move in President Petro Poroshenko's increasingly obvious preparations for re-election in 2019.

MACRO ADVISER: No respite for Russia watchers in August

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory July 27, 2017

August is always an eventful month in Russia, and the US Congress’ determination to press ahead with tougher sanctions legislation against Moscow means this year will be no exception.

STOLYPIN: Donbas continues to be as unpredictable as it is unloved

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague July 25, 2017

Declaration of a new state of ‘Malorossiya’ reflects conflicting agendas of local Donbas warlords and Moscow, as much as the struggle between Moscow and Kyiv.

BOOK REVIEW: The international reach of Central Asia’s autocratic elites

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest July 25, 2017

Dictators without Borders combats the myth of Central Asia as a deeply traditional region isolated from international financial and legal systems.

MACRO ADVISER: It's the oil price, stupid

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory July 17, 2017

Despite cheap equity valuations and the economy's reduced exposure to hydrocarbon vulnerability, Russian stock prices will remain dominated by the gloomy outlook for oil prices.

COMMENT: Gazprom’s exit from Turkey is a sign of the times

GPW Political Risk July 13, 2017

Foreign investors in Turkey worry that politics is increasingly affecting the business climate.

CHINA RISING: Beijing stirs up Russia’s backyard

Kanat Shaku in Almaty July 11, 2017

Central Asian states are looking to balance Moscow and Beijing, rather than switch masters.

MACRO ADVISER: The EEU will keep Russia in the Chinese OBOR game

Tom Adshead of Macro-Advisory July 10, 2017

Russia's goal in promoting the Eurasia Economic Union was not to recreate the Soviet Union, but simply to give it some leverage over China and its One Belt One Road strategy. And it looks like it will work.

CHINA RISING: Eurasian eyes turn east

Ben Aris in Berlin July 10, 2017

Russia is more and more seeing China’s push West as an opportunity rather than a threat.

COMMENT: Trying times for the WTO in Hamburg

Iana Dreyer of Borderlex July 10, 2017

Diplomats at the G20 summit in Hamburg managed to cobble together a compromise text promising not to resort to trade protectionism, but whether this will eliminate the threat of trade wars remains to be seen.

ALACO DISPATCHES: Ukraine’s Naftogaz still stymied by gas market monopolies

Jonathan Melliss of Alaco July 7, 2017

State-owned energy company’s progress is being frustrated by its inability to sell directly to consumers.

STOLYPIN: Russia’s cyber-challenge cuts both ways

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague July 3, 2017

Russia is established in popular imagination as the hacker superpower, but Moscow should be less comfortable about a brave new world of weaponised hacks and viruses.

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