The US Fed has not increased interest rates, just talked of increasing rates – not even by that much — and global stock exchanges lost $4.2 trillion in week. How can the Fed kill off the current high inflation without crashing the economy?
Putin has moved to escalate tensions with Ukraine, putting a huge and unprecedented Russian military force on its Western border and also launching a concerted “coercive” diplomatic effort to sketch out new red lines for Nato.
Today Poroshenko managed to make a mockery of the proceedings against him, without even being arrested or being put on trial.
Given the regularity with which they manifest, it’s astonishing the Turkish language has no phrase equivalent to ‘nightmare scenario’. They should think about coining one, sooner rather than later, though, because another one is looming.
In seven years of war, the Ukrainian army has got better at fighting Russian-backed separatists despite structural problems. At the time of the Russian invasion in 2014, the Ukrainian army had only 120,900 active members. Now it has 250,000.
Moscow's Ukraine strategy proceeds smoothly at Geneva Summit.
I have certainly put myself out there as having the most hawkish view on Russia (compared to the street consensus), but I still find it difficult to see anything but escalation by Russia with Ukraine from the current postures.
They temporarily ease the negative impact of high inflationary pressure, but do not reduce price growth over the long term.
The end of 2021 was marked by a hair-raising confrontation between the two greatest nuclear powers, the US and Russia, over Ukraine. Did the alienation of Russia since 1991 create a Frankenstein monster of the West's own making?
“Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan?” It would appear the Kazakh president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, a sinister dictator straight from central casting, would not appreciate Borat’s insight.
Western government officials have long had to reconcile their desire for Kazakhstan’s vast natural resources with the country’s poor record on democracy and human rights.
Vladislav Zubok’s book Collapse: the fall of the Soviet Union examines the causes of the breakup of the Soviet Union and challenges the view that the collapse was inevitable.
Ukraine’s former president Petro Poroshenko is under investigation for treason, the State Investigation Bureau announced on Monday. Poroshenko, who leads the European Solidarity Party, stands accused of co-conspiring in a criminal scheme.
Over 25 years after the Dayton Accords set out the unwieldy post-war Bosnia & Herzegovina construct, US and EU military and defence officials have suddenly sounded the alarm on disintegration danger.
Western European banks have made double-digit increases in the growth of their credit exposures to the CE/SEE region in the past 12-18 months.
What are Moscow's next steps in the Ukraine crisis?
The 30 years since the fall of communism show that strong institutions served the transition countries better than a strongman leader — despite a widespread belief to the contrary, found a webinar organised by wiiw.
The conduct of the Lukashenko regime has provided a convenient distraction for the Kremlin while it prepared for the round of poker that it was to play with the US over Nato expansion and Ukraine.
Ukraine entered a new period of change following the EuroMaidan revolution. The economy collapsed in that year, but since then has made an impressive recovery, although the country still faces major challenges.
If th tightens too far too fast (e.g. tapers bond purchases and hikes rates), stock and bond markets will crash; if it allows the current exceedingly loose monetary policy to prevail, inflation may careen out of control. What will it do?