ELN Policy Fellow Axel Hellman and Founder of Bourse & Bazaar, Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, cited by BBC Persia for their policy brief ‘Europe, Iran, and Economic Sovereignty: A New Banking Architecture in Response to US Sanctions’
There is an opportunity for the Euro-Atlantic community to constructively engage with Iran and its neighbours in the wake of the COVID crisis. Although Iran’s HOPE initiative advances an intra-regional format, it may be insufficient in terms of the scope of military contacts and information exchange.
While expressing pessimism regarding the overall chances for progress in EU-Russia relations, Dr Utkin suggests that moving forward on visa liberalization may offer tangible benefits for the people in Russia and EU countries.
The combination of Western sanctions and an oil price collapse has inflicted a great deal of pain on the Russian economy but the latest opinion polls still show 85 per cent support for Putin and there is debate over just how much of an economic collapse Russian may be facing. In this context,...