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Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

India begins to address energy security

How India chooses to address its energy security concerns will offer clues towards Modi’s foreign policy plans and the kind of power India will be in the next century. Loosely

Europe Security

Will Ukraine retake the East from separatists?

Ukraine is on the road to re-establishing its control of the East, but serious issues still remain, making it vulnerable to Moscow’s wishes. On August 4th, Ukrainian forces began operations

Economics South and Central Asia

Russia’s growing middle class favours status quo

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s soaring popularity amidst his support for separatists in eastern Ukraine has highlighted the importance of the relationship between his government and Russia’s growing middle class. The

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

International Politics

Why Russia is not concerned about the G7

Russia was excluded from this year’s G7 summit due to its threatening behavior in Ukraine. However, this may not be the breakdown in international relations many fear and is probably

International Natural resources and energy

Sino-Russian natural gas deal transforms global energy markets

The Sino-Russian energy deal will have profound economic consequences for global energy markets and will have an impact on relations between Russia and the West. On 21 May, Russia and

Europe Natural resources and energy

Austria-Russia gas deal exposes EU disunity over Ukraine

A recent gas deal between Austrian energy company OMV and Russian gas exporter Gazprom exposes fractures within the European Union bloc over responses to the Ukraine crisis and threatens the

Europe Security

Crimea annexation comes with host of problems for Russia

Russia will bear the brunt of recently annexed Crimea’s long-term economic, financial and political problems. President Putin made a triumphant visit to Crimea on the 9th May, as the region

Europe Politics

Sanctions hurt Russian credit rating, energy firms

With the situation in Ukraine entering its most difficult pre-election stage, the growing rift between Russia and the West is starting to affect everyday business. Following the ineffective Geneva Agreement

Economics South and Central Asia

Russia faces expanding regional debt crisis

Recent data released by Russia’s Court of Accounts indicates that the country’s regional governments are facing crisis situations with regional debts. In the past year, the level of total regional