Political risk must-reads
By Ian Bremmer
Eurasia Group’s selection of essential reading for the political risk junkie — presented in no particular order. As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections by tweeting at us via @EurasiaGroup or @ianbremmer.
“Russia Writes Off 90% of Cuba Debt as Putin Meets Castros” — Olga Tanas and Anna Andrianova, Bloomberg
Putin’s charity act has just saved the Cuban economy almost $32 billion… but Russia has its eye on lucrative energy contracts.
“Kazakhstan: Astana Entices Kazakhs From Abroad Amid Ukraine Crisis” — Joanna Lillis, Eurasianet
In light of the recent Ukrainian Crisis, Kazakhstan is reviving a migration policy in order to increase the native Kazakh population in Russian-dominated regions of the former Soviet satellite. Formally labeled an economic necessity rather than a demographic scheme, the Oralmann program offers a one-year fast track to citizenship. Astana hopes the policy will attract some of the 3.5-4.5 million Kazakhs living abroad back to Central Asia.