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Politics South and Central Asia

Kyrgyz elections stoke regional tensions

The Kyrgyz presidential elections are a positive sign for democracy, but a recent quarrel between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan threatens integration efforts.

Economics Europe

Divisions over Russia hinder Europe’s Energy Union

Incongruities between Eastern and Western Europe on Nord Stream 2 are burdening the European Energy Union — with the potential for great economic impact.

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

Politics South and Central Asia

Kazakhstan becomes centrepiece in Eurasian diplomacy

In a phase of declining oil prices and economic storm in neighbouring Russia, Kazakhstan has engaged in intense diplomatic activity with the West and other Central Asian countries. Kazakhstan is

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

Politics South and Central Asia

Russia seeks to strengthen ties with Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia – the South Caucasus – continue to be an area of contention between the East and West. This area is of growing importance as the post-Soviet