Two years is a very long time in Eurasian geopolitics

In the two short years since the launch of Eurasian Business Briefing in February 2014,  a lot has happened and the balance of  geopolitical and economic power has begun changing, probably for good:

China has committed billions of dollars to its One Belt One Road initiative aimed at reviving the ancient Silk Road land and sea trade routes

Two new financial institutions – the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the BRICS Development Bank – have been established to fund development projects across Asia and South America

Thousands of miles of new pipelines have been laid to connect the Caspian Sea’s gas reserves to Europe, and Russia’s to both Germany and China

Business leaders and politicians from across the world have began flocking to Tehran to explore the new opportunities made possible by the lifting of sanctions

India has launched its Make in India as the subcontinent emerges as the region’s new economic power house

But tt  hasn’t all been good news:

The annexation of Crimea has triggered a new era of political tension between Russia and the West

Violence in Syria and Iraq has brought unimaginable misery to millions and generated the most severe immigration crisis since the 1940s

A 70% drop in the price of oil has pushed several Eurasian countries to the brink of recession

The slowdown in China’s economy and the subsequent global commodity oversupply is raising fear of a new global downturn

What happens next is anybody’s guess, but one thing is certain – the situation will continue to change and to throw up business and investment opportunities across Europe and Asia and along the New Silk Road

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