WoE: Ground breaking Private Equity in Uzbekistan with Sturgeon Capital

May 26, 2020

Uzbekistan was quick to clamp down as the coronavirus epidemic gathered pace and as Central Asia’s most populous country it had good reason to be worried. But now the peak has passed and the biggest of the Central Asian five ‘Stans its back to work and return to the comprehensive reform programm

WoE: Russian petrochemical giant Sibur working in the time of coronavirus

May 5, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic is spreading fast in Russia, but while most of the infections are concentrated in Moscow, the large isolated mono-cities in the hinterland are at high risk. Russia’s big business has moved fast to contain the infection, but at the same time most of them need

WoE: The world in crisis with Anders Aslund

April 23, 2020

The world is going through its biggest crisis since the Great Depression. A global pandemic of a killer virus has come on top of an oil price shock that drove down prices into negative numbers for the first time in history. And a climate crisis continues to run in the background. Where will it end?

WoE: The cost of the pandemic. What happens next? with Elina Ribakova, deputy chief economist for the Institute of International Finance (IIF)

April 7, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought the world’s economy to a shuddering stop. In many respects it is the biggest crisis humanity have face in decades, if not ever. But once the virus burns out what will happen then? There are two scenarios: a rapid bounce back or the beginnings of a

WoE: the world was ripe for a crisis, oil shocks and pandemic viruses made it worse

March 9, 2020

The oil price war that has broken out between Russia, Saudi Arabia and the US sent oil price tumbling this week. The fears of a global coronavirus pandemic has only made the collapse worse. But these things didn't cause the crisis. It only made them worse, argues Murray Gunn, an analyst with Elli

Gas wars down to the wire: Russia must respect the rule of law with Naftogaz executive director Yuriy Vitrenko

November 27, 2019

In order to grow Russia needs to respect the rule of law. Russia and Gazprom are upsetting the European energy security as they are ignoring rules and arbitration rulings they had agreed to respect. And this is happening as so few of our European leaders are willing to stand up and demand that Russi

WoE: Uzbekistan's people problem with Eugene Chausovsky of Stratfor

November 3, 2019

The initial excitement about the changes taking place in Uzbekistan since Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoyev took over two years ago are starting to wear off as the enormity of the challenge becomes clear. There is no lack of good ideas coming out of Tashkent, or even enthusiasm. What is lacking

WoE: Russia’s multi-billion dollar spending programme with Andrey Klepach, chief economists of Vnesheconombank

October 21, 2019

Russia’s economy is emerging from a nasty crisis in 2014-2016, but everyone agrees that growth is capped at 2% at best and incomes have been stagnant for six years already. Russia needs a new economic model and the Kremlin has launched a RUB27 trillion spending programme to transform the countr

WoE High tensions in the Middle East with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

October 14, 2019

WoE: high tensions in the Middle East Tensions are escalating in the Middle East after US president Donald Trump’s announcement that he was pulling US troops out of Syria. That gave a greenlight to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s desired incursion over the Syrian board to cleans

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