According to the World Bank, Kazakhstan's GDP is expected to fall sharply from 4.1% in 2014 to 1.8% in 2015. Given Russia's economic downturn Kirghizstan and Tajikistan will also be affected. The percentage of remittances will fall in both countries, driving GDP growth down to 3.0% and 4.2% … [Read more...] about Central Asia: The Biggest Loser
After more than 50 years of military rule and socioeconomic isolation, Myanmar now sees the outside world through a window of opportunity. The 2010 democratic elections created new prospects for the country’s future; International investment rapidly increased, particularly from western governments. … [Read more...] about What Is Next For Myanmar
By Alexey Ilin & Eugenia Shuvaeva The 19th century was a century of China’s humiliation, the 20th was a century of China’s revival, and the 21st will be the century of China’s domination.” This saying by an unknown Chinese politician perfectly reflects the perception of history by the Chinese … [Read more...] about No More Rise of China?
The crisis in Ukraine has plunged US-Russian relations to their lowest point since the Cold War. Crimea is now Russian territory. Although prisoners of war have been exchanged and both sides have agreed to pull back heavy weapons, the accord signed on February 12 in Minsk has failed so far to stop … [Read more...] about The real winner of the Ukraine crisis could be China
Some things are worth watching again, and then sharing. [dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]wenty five years ago this week a man we only know as "Tank Man" challenged a column of "Chinese type 59" tanks to a game of political chicken. This was the morning after Chinese military had forcibly removed … [Read more...] about Tiananmen Square. 25 year anniversary.