Russia

  • Why Russia Really Wants Crimea

    Why Russia Really Wants Crimea

     

    According to some analysts’ estimates, Russia’s incursion into Crimea could cost the country more than $70 billion in economic damage. Yet the determination of Putin to control the breakaway region may be driven by a deeper reason: to gain the wealth of offshore gas and oil reserves; and cut off Ukraine’s hopes of energy independence from Moscow.

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  • Why Russia Fears ‘Losing’ Ukraine

    Why Russia Fears ‘Losing’ Ukraine

    There is a common perception that Russia's move on Crimea shows its strength. A closer examination suggests it is more complicated that it may seem.  Like the bully at the school yard, the aggressiveness conceals weaknesses.

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  • Resurgent Russia: An Economy in Transition, Dysfunctional but Intact

    Resurgent Russia: An Economy in Transition, Dysfunctional but Intact

    Russia has no shortage of talent, technology or resources. The country’s top managers and functionaries are well accustomed to navigating their way through political and bureaucratic storms, and the sheer size of the country and natural endowments of oil and gas cement Moscow’s position in economic and diplomatic spheres. So why is their economy in such a state of dysfunction?

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  • The Great Pipeline Race: Are Europe’s South Stream Fears Rational?

    The Great Pipeline Race: Are Europe’s South Stream Fears Rational?

    Despite possessing better financing and greater energy benefits compared to its competitors (namely the Nabucco pipeline), the proposed South Stream pipeline has faced considerable opposition in Europe – by countries who wish to reduce the region’s reliance on Russian gas. Europe must ask itself: is politics really worth losing out on South Stream’s economic benefits?

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  • Russia’s Privatisation Drive: Roadblocks In The Way?

    Russia’s Privatisation Drive: Roadblocks Ahead?

    On paper, Russian President Vladimir Putin is fully committed to the privatisation of state assets. In May last year, he signed a decree calling for the sale of all state holdings in firms – outside of the defence and energy industries – by 2016. But since then, the pace of Russian privatisation has been languid at best. Part of the problem has been opposition from avowed statists, who count a close ally and adviser to Putin among their ranks.

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  • Russia’s Return To The Middle East: Rebirth Of A Superpower?

    Russia’s Return To The Middle East: Rebirth Of A Superpower?

    The collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s saw Russian embark on a strategic retreat from the Middle East, with a dramatic decline in both its presence and influence. But recent events, particularly in Syria and Libya, suggest that Russia may be regaining its past standing – not just in the region, but also as a major global player.

    Russia is back. President Vladimir Putin wants the world to acknowledge that Russia remains a global power. He is making his stand in Syria.

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  • A New Era For Russia’s Energy Strategy?

    A New Era For Russia’s Energy Strategy?

    Russia presently holds the world's largest proven reserves of natural gas and continually alternates with Saudi Arabia as the top oil producer. Throughout history, the country's energy sector periodically has strengthened and weakened. Managing this cycle has been a centerpiece of Russia's domestic and foreign policy since czarist times. This historical burden now rests on Vladimir Putin's regime.

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  • To Russia With Love: Opportunities From Russia’s Accession To The WTO

    To Russia With Love: Opportunities From Russia’s Accession To The WTO

    At a difficult time for the world economy, Russia, the world's sixth largest – and third fastest growing major – economy has opened up for trade. After 19 years of negotiation, Russia finally received membership to the World Trade Organisation on August 23rd 2012 – opening up major new trading opportunities in the process. What are some of the impact and opportunities emanating from Russia’s WTO membership?

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  • Russia’s Roulette: Will Moscow Risks Its Relationships With The US & Europe?

    Russia’s Roulette: Will Moscow Risk Its Relationships With The US & Europe?

    Russia appears to be playing a dangerous game in its relationships with the US and Central Europe. Moscow’s strategy involves using crises with the United States to create uncertainty in Central Europe and to make the Europeans uncomfortable over perceptions that the United States has forced Russia to act the way it is acting. But, if Moscow takes its aggressive moves too far, it could spark a backlash from both sides.

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