Erdogan officials bring in more irregular measures to defend Turkish markets after US presses Iran sanctions-busting Halkbank charges

Will Conroy in Prague October 16, 2019

From out of nowhere oil revenues laundering case is back to haunt Turkey’s strongman. Officials act to stop shorting of lira and banking shares.

VIENNEAST COMPASS: How many straws to break a camel’s back? How do illiberal economies attract so much FDI

Marcus How of Vienneast in Vienna October 15, 2019

On October 13, on either side of the Tatras mountains, “illiberal democrats” faced their latest litmus tests. The ruling parties of PiS and Fidesz retain their grip on power, but in both countries foreign investors don't seem to care

TURKEY’S SYRIA OFFENSIVE: A dizzying media bombardment but Erdogan’s Kurdish bloodbath plans are running like clockwork

Akin Nazli in Belgrade October 14, 2019

It’s not clear at all that Donald Trump is serious about bringing forward sanctions with teeth. Turkish markets are gradually taking a hit, but there is some way to go before the government might lose its grip on the situation.

TASHKENT BLOG: Uzbekistan reforms are real, can they sustain them?

Eric Hontz Senior Program Officer Europe and Eurasia at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Tashkent October 10, 2019

Uzbekistan has been on the radar of frontier market investors since President Shavkat Mirziyoyev began a large scale economic reform program nearly three years ago. But the easy stuff has already been done. It gets harder from here on in.

OPINION: Igor-nomics brings Moldova to the brink of disaster

Christina Petru in Vienna October 6, 2019

Moldovan President Igor Dodon has sought to rebrand himself as neutral between east and west and an economic liberal, but his current actions — and past online musings — tell a different story.

The Eurasian Union meets Velvet Revolution in Armenia

Eurasianet October 4, 2019

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian managed a delicate balancing act while hosting his authoritarian allies in Yerevan.

TURKEY INSIGHT: Albayrak proclaims “soft landing” and sunlit uplands ahead, but it doesn’t add up

Akin Nazli in Belgrade September 30, 2019

High growth, low inflation, a small fiscal deficit, a small current account deficit… the Erdogan administration’s latest medium-term economic programme has it all.

VIENNEAST COMPASS: Hungary punching above its weight in regional SEE politics

Marcus How of ViennEast September 23, 2019

The incoming president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, took an unexpected decision of nominating Hungarian Laszlo Trocsanyi as commissioner for expansion as Hungary increases its influence in the region

ALACO DISPATCHES: US-European rift over sanctions threatens their effectiveness

Yigal Chazan of Alaco September 23, 2019

Some American measures are raising hackles in Europe, militating against future coordinated action.

COMMENT: Fear mongering on nuclear power is imperilling the planet

Robert Rapier September 20, 2019

On September 14th, the Akademik Lomonosov, a first of its kind floating nuclear plant built by Russian state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom, arrived at Pevek, a port town on the remote Chukotka Peninsula in the Russian Arctic.

Putting concerns about Georgian FDI in context

Eurasianet September 20, 2019

When a major infrastructure project ends, aggregate foreign investment can drop. That doesn’t mean the economy is heading south. Flows of foreign direct investment into Georgia have fallen 54% but that's ok