Category: Legacy

Russia – Ukraine: Sitrep 18th August 2022

President Zelensky has said that there can be no peace deal with Russia until Crimea is returned to Ukraine. This is a hardening of his position as previously he set the condition as a return to the pre-February 24th position.

Eurasian Economic Union: Creating a Single Market – with Guests

The post-Soviet liberalization of the Russian economy and the rapid growth of China in the same period have resurrected the pre-1914 vision of uniting Eurasia via transport corridors and harmonized trade and customs procedures. This report looks at the current situation and development plans, in terms of physical infrastructure and regulatory frameworks, that aim to realize this vision.

Eurasia Transport and Logistics: Expanding Routes and Hubs

The post-Soviet liberalization of the Russian economy and the rapid growth of China in the same period have resurrected the pre-1914 vision of uniting Eurasia via transport corridors. This report looks at the current situation and development plans, in terms of physical infrastructure and regulatory frameworks, that aim to realize this vision.

Uzbekistan Agriculture: Transformational Changes Underway

Having concentrated on fiscal and monetary reforms and on advancing big infrastructure projects, over the past five years, the government is now much more actively pursuing economic and export diversification projects, to create employment and support rural communities. Agriculture has emerged top of the priority sector list.

RAM Update 25th January: Ukraine-Russia

Last weekend (23rd) we raised the Risk Assessment (of a military engagement) to 7 on the 10-point RAM scale. We said this was because of the announcement of military equipment supplies from the US, UK, and some other NATO member states. It also reflected the much tougher rhetoric from the US Administration and from US Congress.

Russia – Ukraine NATO Talks: Sanctions Escalation Threat

The talks between the US, NATO, and Russia have concluded with both sides doing little more than setting out their respective positions and issuing clear threats as to what would happen in the event of an invasion or if the US were to enact more damaging sanctions.

Kazakhstan: Calmer Streets as Political Intrigues Grow

The streets of Almaty are calm today and with a heavy security presence. Services (banks, ATMs, transport, internet) have been restored and businesses reopened. he former head of the KNB (Security Agency) has been charged with treason and several others have been charged with inciting protests. Over 6,000 people are reported to have been arrested.

Kazakhstan: Pressure Cooker Blows – Initial Comments

This is a quick reaction to events currently unfolding in Kazakhstan. While none of this is a surprise, the timing and the speed are. We have previously provided background to the various conflicts “brewing” in the country and will provide more detailed commentary and analysis – especially as it concerns the economy, investors, and business interests in the country – as events unfold in the coming days and weeks.

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