US and China vie for Cuban business

The easing of America’s trade and travel embargo on Cuba comes as China strengthens economic ties with the island.more >

Courageous women clean up Russian and Ukrainian banks

Russia’s Elvira Nabiullina and Ukraine’s Valeria Gontareva have between them closed a staggering 384 banks – 190 in Russia and 94 in Ukraine – since they took on the job of running their countries’ central banks in 2013 and 2014 respectively.more >

Nazarbayev election triumph betrays concerns over stability

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev would like his ruling party’s landslide electoral victory to be viewed as evidence of his ability to maintain stability, but with the country’s economy deteriorating he may find it harder to make such a claim in future.more >

Trouble is brewing in the DRC as Kabila appears set to cling on to power

Political tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo are growing amid concerns that President Joseph Kabila may postpone presidential elections scheduled for November, when he’s due to step down – a move that could spark mass unrest and deal a blow to the country’s economy.more >

“Georgian Dream” coalition splintering ahead of parliamentary elections

A feud within the ruling Georgian Dream coalition exposes internal divisions over the country’s pro-western stance.more >

Water conflicts overshadow Ethiopia’s energy ambitions

Ethiopia’s bid to become one of Africa’s leading renewable energy producers has been plagued by simmering controversies over two of its principal hydro-electric projects. more >

Iran’s elections – one less hurdle for investors?

Although reformers have made substantial gains in Iran’s parliamentary elections, the hardliners continue to control key institutions and President Hassan Rouhani will have to find a way of working with them to introduce the reforms necessary to encourage foreign investment.more >

Georgia eyes pivotal Silk Road role

The South Caucasus republic of Georgia is aiming to become a key transit hub along China’s Silk Road Economic Belt, but it may be pinning too much hope on the project.more >

Will Myanmar’s wait-and-see investors take the plunge?

There has been renewed interest among investors in Myanmar following the National League for Democracy’s landslide election victory last November. While many risks remain, the success of some companies that had already invested in Myanmar in recent years underlines the country’s potential.more >

To Armenia, Iran looks like a land of opportunity

Armenians are guardedly optimistic that increased trade with Iran following the lifting of international sanctions will ease their regional isolation. more >

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