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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...
Ask a Kievite the most important issues for the country right now, and the answer will generally highlight corruption, corruption and corruption. Ukraine has made huge strides since the worst of days of its conflict with pro-Russian forces that killed...
Croatia is one of the more developed frontier market countries that we watch with a GDP per capita (PPP) over $20,000 USD. With a population of about 4.2 million people, it remains on the fringes of the investing universe....
When it comes to writing about the politics and economics of Greece, I have a difficult time staying away from my default, sarcasm. I will trying a different tact here, one emphasized by good news. Before I do that...

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