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Europe Security

Bleak Outlook at Munich Security Conference

Displaying a level of pessimism which surpassed even last year’s conference, attendees at the Munich Security Conference 2016 last week were forced to reckon with the consequences stemming from the

Economics Europe

Belarus caught in the middle between EU and Russia

Belarus’ future is torn between the potentially positive implications of the lifting of EU sanctions and the current major losses suffered by the national currency due to Russia’s economic crisis.

International Politics

GRI’s 2015 year in risk review

The year 2015 very much seemed to be a year of transition (and not generally for the better), filled with many surprises. The staying power of the Islamic State Perhaps

Economics International

New Russia sanctions a further blow to efforts to end Syria conflict

The new U.S and EU sanctions against Russia that came into effect last month are part of the ongoing response to the Russian annexation of parts of Ukraine and its support

Asia Pacific Security

North Korea nuclear test blasts ties with China

North Korea’s latest nuclear test not only riles the West, but has severly damaged ties with Beijing: China’s response will be telling for future ties. North Korea’s latest announcement concerning

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe adopts yuan as legal tender

Zimbabwe’s adoption of the yuan as legal tender demonstrates its close ties with China, and Beijing’s efforts to globalize its currency. Long a pariah state under the rule of aging

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Family dynasty inextricable from politics in Iran

The Larijani brothers wield tremendous influence over Iran’s foreign and domestic policy. Although personal relationships are a vital part of conducting politics and business in Iran, there are few family dynasties

Europe Natural resources and energy

Five major challenges facing Russia’s gas giant Gazprom

The leadership of Gazprom — the state-owned company which in the past has accounted for about one-fifth of Russia’s budget revenues—is upbeat about the energy giant’s prospects, formally pursuing a

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Uncertainty undermines opportunities for Iranian energy sector

The Iran nuclear deal opens up billions of dollars in investment opportunities in the country’s energy sector. But uncertainty remains about the stability of the deal, the end of sanctions,

Europe Security

Russia reviews Baltic states’ independence, risks further backlash

In a fresh instance of saber rattling against the EU, Russia’s prosecutor-general has decided to review the legality of recognizing the Baltic States’ independence in 1991. While legal implications of