bneGREEN: World faces 40% fresh water shortage by 2030 warns UN summit co-hosted by Tajikistan

bne IntelIiNews March 22, 2023

Landmark report urges nations to urgently start fixing water waste and start managing water as a common good with neighbours.

All to play for in Russian-Chinese backyard

bne IntelIiNews March 21, 2023

Russia and China will struggle for common policy on possible Russian soft underbelly Central Asia, Afghanistan, Mongolia, the vital Europe/Asia Caucasus crossroads, the Baltics, CEE and SEE.

Pashinyan declines to support right to self-determination for Nagorno-Karabakh residents

bne IntelliNews March 15, 2023

Premier's comments adds to concerns that Armenia is prepared to accept Azerbaijan's complete control of the Armenian-populated region.

CENUSA: Russia and the geopolitical costs of war – the "frozen conflicts" in Moldova and Azerbaijan

Denis Cenusa in Germany March 7, 2023

"In a context of deep regional instability, the situation of the "frozen conflicts" is vulnerable to Russia's military presence and the unpredictability of its geostrategic actions..." w

Progress seen in talks to settle Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

bne IntelliNews March 2, 2023

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says Armenia has handed over a new version of a proposed peace treaty to Azerbaijan.

Stable outlooks at lowest level for two decades in Emerging Europe, says Fitch Ratings

bne IntelliNews February 27, 2023

One year since the Ukraine conflict began, the share of stable sovereign outlooks in Emerging Europe is at its lowest since late 2003.

Vardanyan sacked as Nagorno-Karabakh's state minister

bne IntelliNews February 24, 2023

United Nation's top court also orders Azerbaijan to restore "unimpeded" traffic through the only road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia.

Russia’s war in Ukraine has distorted global trade routes

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2023

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and related sanctions have distorted trade routes across the Eurasian continent.

Hopelessness grows as Azerbaijan’s blockade of Nagorno-Karabakh enters third month

Neil Hauer in Goris February 20, 2023

Armenians question why Russian peacekeepers are helping bogus protesters inflict suffering on the breakaway territory.

More gloom ahead as EBRD cuts 2023 growth forecasts

bne IntelliNews February 16, 2023

The EBRD lowered its forecasts for more than half its 36 countries of operation, anticipating average growth of just 2.1% this year.

IMF: Charting globalization’s turn to 'slowbalization' after world financial crisis

Jeff Kearns of the IMF February 9, 2023

The free flow of ideas, people, goods, services, and capital across national borders leads to greater economic integration. But globalization, the trend toward these things moving ever more freely between nations, has slowed in recent years.

COMMENT: The new Cold War will be different, and not only because of China

Peter Szopo February 6, 2023

Mercantilism is also replacing globalisation, and the US has a declining interest in European affairs.

Hawkish Iran helped stop larger Azerbaijani attacks says Armenia

bne IntelIiNews February 1, 2023

As heavily armed Baku turns screw on Yerevan in ongoing confrontation, Tehran’s position is described as “music to Armenia’s ears”.

Gunman storms Azerbaijan’s Tehran embassy, kills head of security

Baku correspondent Cavid Aga January 27, 2023

Video shows attacker breaking into guard post armed with Kalashnikov assault rifle. Baku not happy with Tehran's explanation of events.

EU authorises another monitoring mission to Armenia-Azerbaijan border

bne IntelliNews January 24, 2023

Civilian mission marks a new phase in the EU's engagement in the South Caucasus.

OUTLOOK 2023: South Caucasus

Robert Anderson in Prague, Cavid Aga in Baku, Mack Tubridy in Tbilisi January 19, 2023

There is a high risk of a renewed outbreak of fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and only a slight chance of a peace deal that settles the status of the ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh within Azerbaijan.

EBRD invests record €13.1bn into its region in 2022

bne IntelliNews January 15, 2023

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development invested a record €13.1bn into its Emerging Europe and Eurasia region in 2022, the bank announced on January 12.

NEMETHY: Key economic and financial drivers to watch in 2023

Les Nemethy CEO and founder of Euro-Phoenix Financial Advisors January 10, 2023

There is an old joke that the role of economic forecasters is to make astrologers look good. Forecasting GDP or inflation for the upcoming year with any degree of accuracy is virtually impossible, but there are some scary signs appearing.

Mutual FDI in Eurasia has been dominated by Russia, but war and sanctions make the outlook uncertain

Ben Aris in Berlin January 6, 2023

Mutual FDI stock in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries grew fast until Russia went into recession in 2012, when its GDP growth sank to zero. However, it soon started to recover, with Russia playing the leading role in the region.