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…