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Economics Europe

The byzantine fight for Dagestan’s strategic Makhachkala port

Ramazan Abdulatipov seems ready to close a sale of the state-owned port of Makhachkala to an Iranian-led group. The sale exposes the difficult balancing act elites are playing in the region.

International Natural resources and energy Outlook for 2017

2017 Preview: Russia takes aim at China

Russia and China have appeared to edge closer together of late, yet Kremlin-backed deals from Rosneft are countering China. This trend will accelerate as Trump comes into office and the

Asia Pacific Europe

Assessing the outcome of the “Hot Springs Summit”

Despite a lack of breakthrough on the return of the Kuril Islands, Abe likely came away with more to help Japan in light of its interests down the road.

Asia Pacific Economics

Can Russia ride China’s trade lead in Southeast Asia?

China immediately seized upon President-Elect Trump’s victory to offer its proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as an alternative to the TPP. Russia backing the proposal signals a call for a

Asia Pacific Economics

Japan faces Russia on the diplomatic path to Central Asia

Japan’s interests in the Far East and Central Asia are increasingly linked with Russia standing tough on the Kuril Islands dispute.

Economics Europe

Russia’s coal expansion is running out of steam

Despite changing markets, Russia is betting on coal consumption as it moves to develop its eastern regions and pivot from Europe. Will the strategy work?

Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

Siberian Tigers: Rosneft expands in India

A Rosneft-led group of buyers just closed a deal for 98% of the Indian firm Essar Oil’s Vadinar refinery and oil terminal facility. In conjunction with the Dutch oil firm Trafigura and Russian fund United Capital Partners (UCP), the Russian state oil firm Rosneft along…

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Leading with Lukoil: Russia’s economic diplomacy in Iran

The approval of the Iranian Petroleum Contract is the culmination of a summer of economic diplomacy between Moscow and Tehran — with Lukoil at the center.