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Economics

Should Russia’s internal issues scare long-term investors?

The Russian government is not doing enough to address social issues affecting large portions of its population. Is this attitude ultimately unsustainable?

Economics Europe

Russia could suffer economic blowback from Syria intervention

Russia’s domestic economy risks a further blow from the ongoing military operation in Syria. Already damaged by low oil prices, capital flight, inflation and western sanctions, Russia’s domestic economy risks

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Egyptian pivot to Russia increases political risk

The February 10 meeting between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin in Cairo marks the consolidation of the Egyptian pivot towards Russia and away from

Economics Europe

Russia unveils anti-crisis plan to rescue its economy

In response to Standard and Poor’s downgrade of Russia’s credit rating to junk, the government has adopted a $35 billion anti-crisis plan. However, the document is ambiguous and the measures

Economics Europe

Russia’s recession could hurt European trading partners

The beginning of 2015 in Russia was marked by further depreciation of the ruble, burgeoning inflation, and withdrawal of some more MNCs from its market. Experts no longer doubt that

International Natural resources and energy

Oil outlook for 2015

“Best two days in 3 years,” read a headline closing the final week before Christmas, an early gift for US equity traders – tonic enough for most to wash down the

International Politics

5 trends to expect in political risk in 2015

From Russian recession and falling oil prices to emerging market reform and divided responses to Islamic State, five areas will define political risk in 2015. One year ago today, the

Economics South and Central Asia

Kazakhstan stuck between falling exchange rates and oil prices

How will Kazakhstan’s economy react to the double threat of the falling ruble exchange rates and falling oil prices? Kazakhstan’s growth rate since 2010 has been above 6%, but current

Economics Europe

Finland’s economy suffers from effects of the Ukraine crisis

The situation in Ukraine is creating a dangerous standoff between Russia and the West, and Finland’s economy and security are suffering as a result. With a 1,300-km long border separating

Economics South and Central Asia

Taking Crimea may throw Russia into recession

Russian leaders may celebrate annexing Crimea, but it will cost the Russian economy. Already weak, this latest move threatens to send the country into recession. Following the successful referendum on Crimean independence and