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Europe Politics

Belarus Walks a Tightrope

Five years after the United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on Belarus for violently suppressing political opposition in the 2010 presidential elections, the sanctions have been lifted after

Europe Finance

Why the redenomination of the Belarusian Ruble matters

The announcement of the redenomination of the Belarusian Ruble, coming against the backdrop of high inflation rates, creates further potential integration of Belarusian and Russian markets. President Alexander Lukashenko announced

Europe Finance

October elections key for investment in Belarus

With elections coming up in October 2015, transparency will be key in attracting investors to Belarus, and helping the country lessen its dependence on neighboring Russia On September 17th, European

Europe Politics

Economic crisis and upcoming elections thwart reform in Belarus

With presidential elections in Belarus scheduled for October and the government turning to Russia for assistance in mitigating the impact of an economic crisis, the country is unlikely to implement any

Asia Pacific Security

Vietnam’s Defence Boom Entices Global Firms

Concerns over China have prompted a massive defence procurement campaign in Vietnam. Hanoi is entering a multitude of contracts and agreements with foreign nations, which has created opportunities for defence firms,

Economics South and Central Asia

Is a trade war brewing between Russia and Kazakhstan?

Russia and Kazakhstan officials claim there is no trade war between their two countries, but the behavior of the two governments follows a pattern of trade disputes between post-Soviet states in

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

Economics South and Central Asia

Eurasian Economic Union jeopardised by trade war

Fears of Russia’s declining ruble led Belarus’ government to impose a 30 percent commission on the purchase of foreign currency on December 19th. It comes just weeks before both former Soviet states

Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

New oil tax laws in Russia could backfire

Eurasian integration in the new Eurasian Economic Union forces Russia to introduce a so called “tax maneuver” in its oil industry with negative consequences. Eurasian economic and political integration acquired special importance

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