Think tanks in Bucharest launch “Asia’s Century” International Project 2022 – 2027

Think tanks in Bucharest launch “Asia’s Century” International Project 2022 – 2027

  “Asia’s Century” International Project 2022 – 2027 was launched in Bucharest late March by a consortium of think-tanks consisting of the Bucharest-based MEPEI (Middle East Political and Economic Institute), Eurodefense Romania and ICI (National Institute for Research & Development in Informatics), together with the Ljubljana-based IFIMES (International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies) […]

Narrowing the Education Gap and Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS)

Narrowing the Education Gap and Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS)

by Toby Pughe FCII and Kirill K. Savrassov     With the BRI, new infrastructure have been constructed. But natural disasters can threaten large infrastructure projects and create financial turmoil in developing countries along the new Silk Road. Insurance-Linked Securities can mitigate this risk, but local authorities need to know more about this tool. The protection […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is The United Kingdom essential to the existence of the European Union?

There are only two ways in which the European experiment could end

Is The United Kingdom essential to the existence of the European Union?

Since before the Brexit referendum the issue of a possible dismantling of the European Union was repeatedly raised, especially in the foreign press, in the event that the United Kingdom voted “YES”. It’s an apocalyptic scenario that has a basis in the fact that in some EU Member States, euro-skeptic groups with varying degrees of […]

Moldavia’s EU Road, the New National Project for Romania

Moldavia’s EU Road, the New National Project for Romania

As a young Romanian child raised and educated between the end of the 90’s and the start of the new millennium, my parents and my school teachers were always telling me and my colleagues that the reunification of Romania and Bessarabia (Republic of Moldova’s original name) is just a question of time and patience. But […]

The rationale behind NATO’s reorientation towards Central and Eastern Europe

The rationale behind NATO’s reorientation towards Central and Eastern Europe

The current crisis in Ukraine has offered the opportunity to the “NATO-skeptics” on the one hand to criticize again the Alliance of passivity, on the other hand to renew their convictions towards a weak NATO. The emergence of skepticism was favored by a few years in which the Alliance’s ability to respond, especially during crisis […]

France, geography and geopolitics

France, geography and geopolitics

Geographically France is a blessed country, factor which partially explains its crucial role in Europe’s history since the founding of the Frankish Kingdom in the Early Middle Ages. It has few to no geographic barriers, characteristic which – with perhaps the exception of Brittany in the north-west – facilitated social cohesion and the realization of […]