Linguistic Security, by Jacqueline Klapak

The Bahamas. The Gambia. The Ukraine.   According to the CIA World Factbook, the first two countries listed here are the only two countries whose names officially begin with a definite article. “The United States” rolls easier off one’s tongue than “The Gambia”… and it goes without saying that “The Ukraine” rolls just as easily as “The…

Reiderstvo: Russia Puts the “Raid” in Corporate Raiding. By Jacqueline Klapak and Andrew Bowen

This past March, Chatham House published a paper on a topic that illustrates the difficulties that foreign investors have when doing business in Russia (beyond the threat of sanctions) and representative of the cannibalistic nature of the business world. The topic? Reiderstvo, or corporate raiding, in Russia. “Corporate raiding” in the Western or American conception…

Russia is a Major Supplier of Gas to Europe, But For How Long? By Marvin Alfaro and E. Katharine Foshag

The vast disparity in oil and gas resource endowments across the globe means that one country’s interest—be it economic or resource-based—will necessarily be mutually dependent on other nations. If you’re a resource owner, you need buyers; if you’re relatively less endowed, you’ll need willing sellers. Nowhere is this dynamic more apparent than in Russia-Europe natural…

What do Iran and Russia have in common? Oil reserves, sanctions, and instilling fear in the West. By Nicole Pickens and Lori Perkovich

U.S. senators are calling for sanctions against Iran for making a deal with Russia for a barter scheme involving oil-for-goods worth $20 billion, which will undermine the impact of U.S. sanctions on both countries. Currently, both Iran and Russia suffer under U.S. sanctions; Iran for its nuclear program, and Russia for its aggression toward Ukraine.…