Eurasia / Opinion

Kyrgyzstan: Will fury around Askarov death end up signifying nothing?

Eurasianet July 29, 2020

The activist’s death in prison reflects poorly on the substantial investments that the international community has made into overhauling Kyrgyzstan’s notoriously selective and corrupt justice system.

COMMENT: The military flare-up along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border is a modern-day James Bond film plot

James Dey founder and co-chair of Friends of Azerbaijan in South Africa July 29, 2020

The outbreak of a fresh military conflict on the Armenian and Azerbaijani border is straight out of a James Bond film and threatens both the region’s and Europe’s energy security among other things

White House “paying little attention” to Armenia Azerbaijan fighting says Carnegie analyst

bne IntelIiNews July 23, 2020

Assessment concludes Washington does not see Caucasus as priority. Meanwhile, Iran, Russia and Turkey are filling “vacuum”.

COMMENT: Borrower beware: Uzbekistan’s dollar debt binge could spell long-term trouble

Atabek Nazirov is Director of the Capital Markets Development Agency of the Republic of Uzbekistan July 7, 2020

Uzbekistan’s inaugural $1bn Eurobond in February of last year was hailed as a landmark event for Uzbekistan. Now its on the map for international creditors, the government need to avoid a borrowing binge that will end in a debt trap.

COMMENT: Global remittances to suffer a blow from COVID-19

Gerelyn Terzo of Sharemoney in New York June 18, 2020

Instead of triggering an increase in remittance payments, which is typical during times of crisis, the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has caused migrant payments to households in developing countries to slow dramatically.