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Economics South and Central Asia

Kazakhstan Pegs Tenge to Foreign Currency Basket

Starting September 2nd, Kazakhstan will peg the tenge to a basket of foreign currencies, effectively ending the managed float that was put in place in March 2011. The basket will

Europe Natural resources and energy

Trans-Adriatic Pipeline Enhances European Energy Security

Those concerned with European energy are excited for the arrival of finalized plans for the Southern Gas Corridor that will carry natural gas from Azerbaijan, through Turkey, Albania, Greece to

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Assad’s Economic Lifeline is a Stable Syrian Pound

The Syrian revolution has raged for nearly two and half years, resulting in excess of 100,000 deaths and the immense destruction of the country’s infrastructure. An uprising spurred by discontent

Europe Natural resources and energy

Is Shale Gas Excitement in Eastern Europe Unwarranted?

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as it is commonly known, is the method of extracting natural gas from shale rock. Despite environmental concerns over the process of pumping water and chemicals

Europe Politics

Ukraine Moves Closer to Europe

In spite of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s warnings to Ukraine that he will take “protective measures” if the country signs a trade pact with the EU, Ukraine seems to be

Europe Politics

Russia’s Snowden Decision Obscures Economic Problems

Russia’s decision to grant temporary asylum to the NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden did not go over well in Washington. The US response to cancel the bilateral summit in September in

International Politics

Op-Ed: Boycott the Games

“If all GB athletes wore rainbow flags and Cameron turned up to the Kremlin with a rainbow tie, then that would be great,” said Anna Grigoryeva, 24, a Cambridge student

Europe Politics

Opposition leader imprisoned in Russia

Alexei Navalny, the most prolific and well-known campaigner against Russian President Vladimir Putin, was arrested in July 2013 on doubtful charges. The anti-corruption activist was prosecuted for a deal he

Europe Natural resources and energy

Shale Gas is the New Kid in Town

In the last several years the shale oil and gas revolution has changed the energy sector in the United States and will transform the country from an importer to an

Europe Natural resources and energy

Algeria Restores Hope for EU Energy Security

As one of the most resource-rich nations in the Mediterranean region, Algeria has long been identified as a strategic energy partner by European Union policymakers. Reflecting this vision, the development