2017

The Levant: Sun Shines Through Clouds

The Levant: Sun Shines Through Clouds

Defined loosely as the region spreading from Israel, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria in the northeast, and including Egypt in the southwest, with Cyprus off the shore, the Levant sees many points of light despite the current gloomy outlook.

Uzbekistan Comes In From The Cold

Uzbekistan Comes In From The Cold

Since becoming president in December, Shavkat Mirziyoyev has embraced the West, the IMF and the EBRD normalizing relations with the country after a 10-year freeze.

Cyprus Rising

Cyprus Rising

Cyprus is emphasizing sustainable growth and addressing problems such as high unemployment and nonperforming loans.

Turkey’s Way Forward

Turkey’s Way Forward

With the presidential referendum finally over, Turkish business wants to see its government get back to probusiness reforms.

The Caucasus: Signs Of Spring?

The Caucasus: Signs Of Spring?

Last year, after a difficult 2015, it seemed that just about everything that could go wrong for the South Caucasus actually did. In April, simmering tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the contested region of Armenian-occupied Nagorno-Karabakh exploded into renewed ...

Tough Times For The Brexit Queen

Tough Times For The Brexit Queen

Ever since Theresa May became Britain’s prime minister in the wake of last year’s fateful EU referendum, she has sought to define herself—and her government—as something more than just the executors of the “people’s will” in carrying out Brexit.

Protests In Bucharest Curb Election Winners

Protests In Bucharest Curb Election Winners

Even by the Balkans’ standards, the honeymoon accorded Romania’s new Social Democratic Party (PSD) government was brief after the party’s victory in the December 11 elections.

Romania: New Govt Seeks To Spark Growth

Romania: New Govt Seeks To Spark Growth

Romania’s voters gave an overwhelming endorsement to the Social Democratic Party (PSD) in the December 11 parliamentary elections. Now the challenge is to spur growth while keeping a lid on corruption. 

2016

ADB Meeting In The Heart Of Europe

Asian Development Bank Section: ADB Annual Meeting
Last year’s historic Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan saw the bank and member countries commit to a wide range of goals and reforms.

Caucasus Squeezed By The Bear

Caucasus Squeezed By The Bear

Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia are not masters of their own economic destinies, with events in Russia and the rest of the region casting a shadow over these countries’ efforts to boost economic and investor confidence.

2015