Georgia(’s presidential election) on my mind

By Steven Luber The Republic of Georgia will hold a presidential election this October, an important test for the government after ratifying a new constitution in September 2017. The new electoral system, the prominence of non-traditional candidates, and a perennially complex relationship with neighboring Russia make the election worth watching. In early August, French-born diplomat Salome Zurabishvili announced her candidacy with an independent affiliation. Approximately … Continue reading Georgia(’s presidential election) on my mind

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