Tackling Corporate Raiding in Ukraine

Tackling Corporate Raiding in Ukraine

photo: dmytrok Ukraine, together with Syria, are today’s geopolitical hotspots, where battles of influence between Russia and the West have been raging for years. Almost 2 years ago, Ukrainians opted for the Western path of development, following the‘Euromaidan’ protests that ousted the ruling Yanukovych government. Since turning away from Russia at this pivotal moment, Ukraine has […]

Ukraine, Russia and the West

Ukraine faces interdependent military, political, and economic problems of enormous magnitude. Its territory has been invaded and occupied by a powerful neighbor, and armed separatists and Russian forces control territory in eastern and southern Ukraine. Since April of this year, more than 3500 people have died from the violence according to UN human rights observers. […]

What Went Wrong? Russia Sanctions, EU, and the Way Out

Without a diplomatic solution, the sanctions against Russia will have an adverse impact on its economy, but could also push Europe to a triple-dip recession.  Last March – after months of escalation in the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine – President Obama initiated sanctions against Russia in financial services, energy, defense and related materials sectors. New […]

Is Postponing the EU Trade Agreement Harmful to Ukraine?

The Parliament of Ukraine and the European Parliament are both expected to ratify the EU-Ukraine association agreement in a simultaneous session today. However, last week it was announced that the entry into force of the deep and comprehensive free trade area (DCFTA) between the EU and Ukraine, initially planned for November of this year, will […]

The Russia Sanctions Cul-de-Sac

The Russia sanctions are likely to have an adverse impact on Russian, U.S. and Chinese economy and could push Europe to a triple-dip recession. A diplomatic solution could deter diminished global prospects. Last March, President Obama initiated and expanded sanctions against Russia in financial services, energy, defense and related materials sectors. Meanwhile, China’s Ambassador to […]

Is the West Risking Financial Blowback From Sanctions on Russia?

The spectacle of insanely authoritarian policing in Ferguson, as well as media jitters over ISIS and ongoing reports of action in Gaza and Ukraine, has shifted attention a bit away from simply lousy economic results from Europe. A Financial Times overview: This year was supposed to be the year the eurozone recovery took root – gathering […]

Japan Finally Gets Tough On Russia

By Amy Gleich: Last week in Tokyo, during a meeting of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet, Japan chose to impose harsher sanctions on Russia. The decision took effect immediately after the meeting on August 5. The sanctions focus on 40 individuals and two companies. A statement from the Japanese government outlined the scope of the sanctions, saying “assets held […]

Putin Hails ExxonMobil’s ‘Cooperation’ in Arctic Despite Sanctions Regime

By Andy Tully: Russian President Vladimir Putin is praising ExxonMobil as a paragon of “cooperation” for beginning work on a project to drill for oil in the Arctic despite stiff Western sanctions on Russian oil companies. “Today, commercial success is driven by efficient international cooperation,” Putin said July 9 from his Black Sea residence in […]

Ukraine Considers Restricting Russian Gas Deliveries To Europe

By Andy Tully: Ukraine is planning to impose sanctions on Russia that might include an effort to starve its larger and richer neighbor of income by stopping the flow of Russian gas through Ukraine to customers in Western Europe. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told reporters on Aug. 8 that his government is proposing sanctions against 172 […]

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