Resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh dispute as distant as ever

While renewed international pressure on Armenia and Azerbaijan may prevent further violence, prospects for a permanent settlement of the long-running conflict look increasingly dim. more >

Nigeria: Insurgents threaten to deepen economic crisis

President Buhari’s bid to revive the ailing Nigerian economy is being undermined by a new insurgency in the oil-rich Niger Delta region. more >

India-China rivalry in South Asia heats up

India hopes its development of the Iranian port of Chabahar will open up trade with Afghanistan and Central Asia and counter China’s increasing influence in the region.more >

Romania’s Quiet Revolution

Many of the corruption and governance problems that once plagued the country are being addressed, but there’s still a long way to go. more >

Tajik leader tightens grip amid crackdown on the opposition

Voters in Tajikistan overwhelmingly backed constitutional changes allowing the authoritarian president, Emomali Rahmon, to rule indefinitely. But while the vote has strengthened Rahmon’s position in the short term, he presides over an increasingly fragile state.more >

Is Venezuela on the brink?

Anti-government protests spreading across the country as the economy collapses.more >

Alaco Guide to Sanctions: Big changes in long-standing embargos

The lifting of the international nuclear-related sanctions against Iran, the expansion of economic restrictions targeting North Korea and the easing of American sanctions on Cuba, are some of the main developments in the latest quarterly update of Alaco’s Guide to Sanctions.more >

Why states struggle to repatriate looted assets?

From Africa to the Far East, countries aiming to recover assets embezzled by former leaders and officials are facing a raft of challenges. more >

IKEA’s troubled history in Russia

The expansion problems faced by the retailer in Russia highlight the extent of petty and systematic corruption among local officials. more >

Nazarbayev faces land privatisation protests

Opposition to agricultural reform rattles President Nursultan Nazarbayev as he attempts to tackle a deepening economic crisis.more >

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