Philippines re-energises South China Sea dispute

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the lifting of a six-year-old  ban on oil and gas…

Odds on Trans Caspian pipeline shorten as littoral states settle their differences

After nearly 30 years of haggling over the legal status of the Caspian Sea, its five…

Russian Economy Minister Ulyukaev arrested over Bashneft ‘bribe’

Russia’s Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukaev is under arrest after being accused of accepting a $2m bribe…

Putin wins Russian parliamentary elections but turnout down

Russian parliamentary elections: Russia’s ruling political party has comfortably won this weekend’s parliamentary elections, early results suggest, but…

Nazarbayeva moves up succession line as Dad moves to quell rural unrest

Following last week’s removal  of Prime Minister Karim Massimov, Kazakhstan’s  President Nursultan Nazarbayev yesterday announced that his daughter…

Miller’s Istanbul visit nudges Turkish Stream pipeline back on track

Turkish Stream: Gazprom chief Alexey Miller flew into Istanbul yesterday for talks with Turkey’s Minister of Energy…

Uzbek succession speculation begins with Islam Karimov in intensive care

Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov is in intensive care after suffering a brain haemorrhage, according to his daughter…

Beijing confirms launch of China Aerospace Engine Group as Hague ruling pushes up defence shares

China Aerospace Engine Group: Shares in Chinese defence shares have  moved sharply upward after Beijing confirmed  that…

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…

Kyrgyz PM Sariyev resigns amid accusations of corruption

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Temir Sariyev and his entire  cabinet resigned last week after a parliamentary commission accused…

Iran boycotts Doha oil talks with producers close to agreement

Doha oil talks: Iran has boycotted today’s  meeting between OPEC and non-OPEC member countries in Qatar as more than…

Iran’s hardliners lose control of parliament as Rouhani hails end of confrontation

The Iranian people had voted for  an end of confrontation with the outside world, President Hassan Rouhani said…

Moderates take Tehran in Iranian elections but trail in countryside

Iranian elections: Moderates and reformists have dealt another blow to Iran’s hardliners, winning all but one…

Lukashenko victory set to help rapprochement with EU

Lukashenko victory: Belarus’s hard-line leader Alexander Lukashenko – “Europe’s last dictator” – yesterday won a fifth presidential term with a…

Minsk brings forward date of Belarus presidential elections

The parliament in Minsk yesterday set the date for the next Belarus presidential election at October 11, about…

Kyrgyzstan appoints new Prime Minister

Kyrgyzstan appoints new Prime Minister: Kyrgyzstan’s ruling three-party coalition has nominated acting Economy Minister Temir Sariev…