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South and Central Asia Technology and infrastructure

The myth of fingerprints: Russia and Kazakhstan’s legacy of ghost assets

The USSR’s fall led to a vast cavalcade of unclaimed objects and land in Russia and beyond. These assets aren’t just lying around: they’re being used.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

India to host Nepalese Prime Minister as tensions continue over Doklam. UK releases more Brexit position papers. Jackson Hole Summit. All in The Week Ahead.

Politics South and Central Asia

The Cambodia 2018 election: Issues and implications

With the general election less than one year away, Cambodia is set for a rocky twelve months, defined by intense politicking and political unrest.

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Implications of Iran gas deal with France’s Total

Iran has concluded a $5.9 billion deal with a consortium led by French Total, a victory for Hassan Rouhani’s administration and even prospective investors.

Asia Pacific Economics

The Great Firewall takes on VPNs

China’s Security Council seems bent on expanding internet restrictions nationwide. Following new legislation in June this year, the crackdown has been swift: even major firms such as Apple and Whatsapp are on the chopping block. The recent banning of VPN services has huge implications for multinationals and the foreign employees that they hire.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Countries move to deescalate tensions between North Korea and the United States. UK may further signal its Brexit intentions with Ireland amid customs position papers. EBRD and Egypt to sign

Europe Politics

Three problems facing Spain’s government today

The medium term outlook in Spain is under pressure from three issues. Its politicians will have to act judiciously to avoid a constitutional crisis.

Security South and Central Asia Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Doklam standoff highlights India and China’s ‘Great Game’ over Bhutan

There is far more at stake than 34 square kilometers of desolate, windswept rocks. Doklam shows that old habits die hard, and Bhutan is stuck in the middle.

Economics Europe

Italy’s banking dilemma: Improving, but still needing help

Italy’s banking industry has gone through a recent rough period. But with an infusion of new funds and a call for much needed reforms, there may be a chance that there will be improvement.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

The domestic and global shocks of the growing water crisis in China

The reverberations of China’s water security crisis have already had global implications, notably encouraging the Arab Spring.