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Asia Pacific Politics

After Karimov: Will Uzbekistan undergo a revolution?

The premature death of President Islam Karimov has created a potentially dangerous power vacuum in Uzbekistan.

Economics Latin America

The United States’ risky investment into Cuba

The United States’ rapprochement with its former Caribbean adversary has shined a new light on a more risky situation for American investors, who are lining up for access to the Hemisphere’s last remnant of the Cold War. America’s reversal on its decades-old isolationist policy…

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…

Europe Politics

Romania’s Minister of Justice admits to lying to the European Court of Human Rights

Romanian Minister of Justice, Raluca Pruna, admitted in this month’s meeting with the Romanian Superior Magistrates Council, to have lied to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the budgeting of almost a billion euros for the construction of seven new penitentiaries.

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.

North America Technology and infrastructure

Three reasons why Russia may be hacking the U.S. election

Understanding why Russia is disrupting the U.S. electoral race through cyber attacks is an important step in preventing it.

Politics South and Central Asia

Can Armenia’s new defence minister reset the country’s course?

On 3 October 2016, the Armenian President, Serzh Sargsyan, implemented a number of changes in a cabinet reshuffle, which saw the appointment of a new defence minister, Vigen Sargsyan. Discussions

Europe Politics

Belarus’ latest elections: A potential for further opening

While the election of two opposition MPs does not change Belarus’ power balance, it does show signs of a thaw towards the opposition and the EU.

Security Technology and infrastructure

Russia-US cyber tensions show the true threat of cyberwar

Russia is now testing the limits of the current norm-based international regime that has thus far kept global cyberwar unrealized.

Middle East/North Africa Security

The Aleppo conflict faces risk of escalation

A tremendous battle has been going on for the past months in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. However, it should be stressed that the battle is much more a