China has recently become an observer member of the Arctic Council, sparking a flurry of speculation about their intentions in this often overlooked part of the world. The potential for shipping to traverse the north west passage thanks to the… Read More ›
China and Russia recently agreed a ground-breaking new natural gas pipeline deal, worth around US$400 billion (although significantly it will be paid for in Renminbi not Dollar) following 10 years of tortuous negotiations. This will come on top of an… Read More ›
China’s relations with Emerging Europe are often overlooked, but they are set to take on much greater significance over the next decade as the economic and political linkages continue to grow between Beijing and the diverse countries that make up the region. Below I… Read More ›
The Presidency of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva saw Brazil dramatically change its international profile, his charismatic leadership saw a transformation of the Brazilian economy from risky emerging market prospect, to a thriving modern economy. His foreign policy focused on… Read More ›
Turkmenistan holds the world’s fourth largest gas reserves; from the Galkynysh Field huge black pipes thread their way east across the vast searing deserts of the country, going on to power Chinese homes and factories. Just like railways, the construction… Read More ›
Aside from trade and economic development in emerging markets, social and cultural trends are increasingly important and will affect not only the country of origin but will spill over to other parts of the world. Nollywood Nollywood, the commonly used… Read More ›
Thought provoking talk by Parag Khanna – on the future of countries, how borders are more fluid than we realise.
A trip to Astana, the architecturally stunning, yet soulless new capital of Kazakhstan for the EBRD Annual Meeting (a major political and economic event in the region), gave me an opportunity to think about the geopolitical landscape of Central Asia…. Read More ›