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Politics South and Central Asia

Autocracy in Azerbaijan threatens long-term investment

Despite enjoying rich energy resources with which to tempt FDI, Azerbaijan’s autocratic political climate remains a long-term liability to said investment. In Azerbaijan, foreign investment opportunities and geopolitical considerations take

Europe Natural resources and energy

Baltic dependence on Russian gas about to end

At the moment, European energy markets are heavily dependent on Russian supplies. This is especially true of the countries with direct land borders to the big bear, including Finland and

Economics International

Automotive battle revs up between Russia and the EU

The European Union (EU) is pressing the World Trade Organization (WTO) to take action in the first official complaint against Russia since the country joined the WTO in August 2012.

Economics Europe

Ukraine Teeters Between the EU and Russia

Even if Ukraine-EU trade association agreements are signed, will they be harmful to Ukraine’s economy? Several weeks ago, signs suggested Ukraine was moving towards Europe when the government officially stated

Asia Pacific Economics

China’s North Korea Investments Safe Despite Export Ban

Investing in a place like North Korea is always fraught with danger, yet China’s assets in the hermit kingdom remain safe despite the export ban. Political risks are the major

International Natural resources and energy

China Moves on Arctic Resource Potential

China hopes to utilize its growing economic clout and new Arctic council observer status to push for greater polar influence. This year, the Arctic Council admitted six new nations as

Europe Politics

Was Brzezinski Right about Russia?

Zbigniew Brzezinski may have seen the writing on the wall. Fifteen years after the publication of The Grand Chessboard, Eastern Europe may see a stronger, resurgent Russia in the region’s future.

Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

Is hydropower the key to Georgia’s economic future?

Georgia seeks to capitalize on potential hydro-power reserves to increase local production and potentially become an energy exporter. In May, India’s Tata Power agreed to invest in two hydroelectric projects

Europe Natural resources and energy

Lithuania seeks energy Independence

Following Russian threats, Lithuania is seeking to pursue energy independence, as its current energy imports firmly in Moscow’s hands. The Russian Federation has been in the headlines as of late

Economics South and Central Asia

Armenia to Join Eurasian Customs Union

Last week, Armenia publicly announced it would join the Russian-led customs union in a move that stunned EU officials, who already had completed negotiations on comprehensive free trade and political