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In terms of society, the April referendum result has further divided Turkey, and the narrow margin of victory shows that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lost some support from his base in the country. Erdogan has been President – until...
Domestic discord After having seen the possible impact of a stronger presidency on the country’s foreign relations in the previous article, let’s turn our focus to how it can impact Turkey internally.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has argued in favor of...
Turkey’s foreign relations – The US Turkey had a bit of a rocky relationship with the previous US administration particularly regarding American support to Kurdish rebels in Syria – a group that it labels as terrorists.The country's relationship with the Donald...
The man Turkey is now synonymous with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can now be considered the be all and end all for Turkey. His call to bestow executive power to the presidency was answered with a 51.4% ‘Yes’ vote. Turkey,...
While periodic anti-government protests are met with a strong security response, regarding Belarus’ relationship with Moscow, the weak status of the opposition and the economic interest found in maintaining the status quo indicate the country is likely to remain...
Poland has outclassed other emerging market equities This may come as a bit of a surprise to emerging market equity investors (VWO), but Poland has emerged as the best performing emerging market in Q1 2017.At the end of January, Poland...
“Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking."-L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz As a child, I remember being fascinated by the populist allegory The Wizard of Oz. My favorite part of the story—sure to cause me...
Ramazan Abdulatipov seems ready to close a sale of Dagestan’s state-owned port of Makhachkala to an Iranian-led group. The sale exposes the difficult balancing act elites are playing in the region.Everybody’s fighting over a spoonfulThe port of Makhachkala, the...
Shares in Centerra Gold (TSX:CG) were falling Monday after the Canadian miner announced it won’t pay a third quarter dividend due to current restrictions to funds held at its Kyrgyz Republic subsidiary, Kumtor Gold.The company, which recently completed the acquisition of US-based...
Russia’s counter-sanctions are hurting various European economies while major investment projects in Russia are being blocked by the EU sanctions regime. This situation has led to enhanced tensions within the EU, thus increasing the risk of disunity regarding its...
Despite changes in domestic and international markets, Russia is betting on coal consumption as it moves to develop its eastern regions and pivot from Europe. Will it work? Coal was meant to help build Siberia and the Far East. The...
Turkey is one of the fastest growing emerging markets in the world, but for the last five years, Turkish equities underperformed the S&P 500 Index. The main risks associated with investments in Turkish equity are country-specific risks and currency...

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