Cooley

(WP) (Co-authored with J. Sharman) On Oct. 27, the vice president and heir apparent to the tiny oil-rich West African state of Equatorial Guinea was convicted in a Paris court of money laundering and embezzlement. At stake is Vice President Teodorin Obaing’s $200 million Paris mansion, a 220-foot yacht and a fleet of luxury cars, which according to the French authorities represent the proceeds of corruption from his country’s oil wealth. A...
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PONARS Eurasia 28 Jun 2017
(McClatchy) Weeks before his inauguration, Donald Trump was allied with a company in the former Soviet republic of Georgia that planned to build a 47-story luxury tower in the Black Sea resort of Batumi. The tower, nixed in early January, was to bear Trump’s name – in exchange for which he would receive royalties, as he does from similar arrangements around the world. But the company, Silk Road Group, had business ties and relationships that...
PONARS Eurasia 09 May 2017
(South China Morning Post) Washington’s plan was underfunded and under-resourced compared with Beijing’s ‘Belt and Road’ scheme. The contrast between Beijing’s and Washington’s support for a revitalised Silk Road could not be clearer. This month’s Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, a gathering of existing and potential stakeholders in China’s trade development initiative, will welcome...
A look into the unrecognized and unregulated links between autocratic regimes in Central Asia and centers of power and wealth throughout the West. Weak, corrupt, and politically unstable, the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan are dismissed as isolated and irrelevant to the outside world. But are they? This hard-hitting book argues that Central Asia is in reality a globalization leader with extensive involvement...
PONARS Eurasia 28 Mar 2016
(Book Review) How Powerful Are Global Indicators? Statistical indicators are more influential than ever before. The Economist provided one recent overview of the power of indicators in a report entitled “How to lie with indices,” and Alexander Cooley and Jack Snyder give a similar motivation and justification for their edited volume Ranking the World: Grading States as a Tool of Global Governance. There are more numbers and they are having...
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PONARS Eurasia 10 Mar 2016
(The Diplomat) Announced in 2013 on a stage at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the land-based portion of the “One Belt, One Road” initiative (the Silk Road Economic Belt) traces a line through Central Asia. The Chinese are far from the first to brand cross-regional trade visions under the Silk Road banner — although, as several speakers at a recent workshop hosted by George...
PONARS Eurasia 13 Jan 2016
(Europe Online) Russia is withdrawing support for the conflict in eastern Ukraine and redirecting its attention toward Syria in an effort to resuscitate its economy and rebuild ties with the West on its own terms, experts say. Russia‘s rouble is weak. The country‘s main export, oil, is worth less than half what it was two years ago. State companies and banks continue to bear the burden of Western sanctions imposed as punishment for...
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PONARS Eurasia 06 Nov 2015
(RFE/RL) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry just wrapped up a trip through Central Asia that was aimed at reassuring the leaders of five states that U.S. support will continue, even as security concerns in the region rise. Kerry's trip signals the start of a "post-Afghanistan relationship" with the U.S., whose withdrawal of most troops from the country will diminish its dependence on the military support and supply routes that it...

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