Charlotte’s VEB: Beijing feigns partnership with bank play

By Nicholas Trickett Putin’s visit to Beijing in June bred the usual dog and pony show of effusive and warm statements about Sino-Russian ties. But the details, as usual, told a different story. In particular, a tentative agreement that China Development Bank (CDB) loan Vneshekonombank (VEB) roughly $10 billion was an eye-catching PR ploy to highlight bilateral cooperation on infrastructure projects. But the terms of … Continue reading Charlotte’s VEB: Beijing feigns partnership with bank play

The Hotline: July 2018

By Lincoln Pigman US President Donald Trump’s controversial performances at various summits in July—the NATO summit in Brussels and Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki—have been widely hailed as victories for Russia. But while the optics of a divided transatlantic alliance certainly favor Russia, Trump’s actions have and will continue to undercut Russia’s interests in significant ways. Trump’s open attacks on both … Continue reading The Hotline: July 2018

The Hotline: June 2018

By: Lincoln Pigman The 2018 World Cup: victories on and off the field The past month’s most important foreign policy developments for Russia took place at home, where the 2018 World Cup began on 14 June. On the field, Russia’s national team exceeded all expectations, securing victories over Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Spain, although they failed to make it to the semifinals after losing to … Continue reading The Hotline: June 2018