Parametric sovereign cat bonds: the way to insure the Belt and Road, according to Kirill Savrassov, insurance and sovereign risk expert

Parametric sovereign cat bonds: the way to insure the Belt and Road, according to Kirill Savrassov,  insurance and sovereign risk expert

by Kirill Savrassov Chief executive, PhoenixCRetro, London, UK Countries in Central Asia and Eastern Europe that have been recipients of Chinese investment via projects associated with its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) should use parametric sovereign cat bonds to insure themselves against the risk of natural disasters, believes Kirill Savrassov, an insurance-linked securities (ILS) and sovereign […]

ANALYSIS OF CONFLICTS ARISING FROM THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE

ANALYSIS OF CONFLICTS ARISING FROM THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE

by Giulio Stefano Ravot University of Cagliari, Trinity College Dublin   Seven years have passed since the launch of the BRI, ipso facto several authors have questioned, even critically, how the disputes arising from the Chinese initiative should be managed and resolved. In this sense, a quote of Professor Malik Dahlan from Queen Mary University of […]

Belt & Road Initiative projects and tenders: opening the BRI to non-Chinese companies

Belt & Road Initiative projects and tenders: opening the BRI to non-Chinese companies

By Dr. Sebastien Goulard, founder of OBOREurope The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is sometimes considered a project that was made exclusively for Chinese companies and financed solely by Chinese institutions. However, this assumption is wrong as it does not take into account the evolutive nature of the BRI. The Belt and Road is getting […]

More Westlessness and China’s becoming a New European Power after the pandemic?

More Westlessness and China’s becoming a New European Power after the pandemic?

by Marcela Ganea   The current pandemic reveals the countries’ resilience but it is also reshaping economic sectors. It’s a confusing moment in history but experienced minds see how China, with a strong political leadership, remains economically competitive, believes Liviu Muresan, head of the Bucharest-based EURISC think tank, who has been working with several major […]

The new phase of the Belt and Road Initiative- framed as a threat

The new phase of the Belt and Road Initiative- framed as a threat

Some Western critics project the Belt and Road Initiative and its projects as being “non-transparent”, “undermining EU regulations” and supporting “illiberal regimes in Eastern Europe”. As a result, there has been a move from rhetorical criticism to a “call for action” against Belt and Road projects, such as an appeal for stricter regulations and imposing […]

The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Bucharest: “With Hodeidah port restored, chances for a political solution are increasing”

The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Bucharest: “With Hodeidah port restored, chances for a political solution are increasing”

The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Bucharest: “With Hodeidah port restored, chances for a political solution are increasing”   by Marcela GANEA   On 13 June, the “Golden Victory” operation began in Yemen after the deadline set by the United Arab Emirates for the Houthis to release Hodeidah port under their control expired. […]

World War II – through the lens of geopolitics and the writings of people – part I, Premises, Pacts and Belligerence

World War II – through the lens of geopolitics and the writings of people – part I, Premises, Pacts and Belligerence

September 1st 1939 – September 2nd  1945, the timeframe between the escalation of tensions, through the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and the capitulation of Japan through the signing by Japanese foreign minister Mamoru Shigemitsu of  the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, is arguably the most geopolitically active period in modern history, actively and continuously changing the […]

Environmental Warfare– Changing the Balance of Geopolitics

Environmental Warfare– Changing the Balance of Geopolitics

The notion of environmental warfare – past and present Environmental warfare can be roughly defined as the conscious and intended modification of geophysical events in order to achieve tactical advantage in the battle space. The geophysical attributes that are intended in the definition can be classified in weather phenomenon, tectonic dynamics and oceanic dynamics. The […]

Threat theory – a geopolitical vista

Threat theory – a geopolitical vista

The concept of threat Above the slightly megalomaniac self proclamation of the Anthropocene era, the human individual constituent of the species is trapped in a fortress of Darwinism and its constant battle for survival and perpetual quest for perennity. Evolution represents competition. Competition is by nature at least dual if not, predominately, multipolar. So, if […]

International Organizations in Crisis

International Organizations in Crisis

At present, the global governance system suffers from a chronic disease: it is outdated, overwhelmed by the rapid changes happening in the international environment. Periodically, new issues are identified and labeled as “challenges” or “threats” to the global peace and security. Some of them are real; others are just perceived as such, or intentionally taken […]