Smoke and Mirrors: Why a High-Profile New Appointment in Russia Does Not Herald an Era of Reform

In this Veracity Insight, Christopher Peters discusses what the appointment of Alexei Kudrin, a leading reformist in Russia, to a chief economic advisory role means for the country’s investment and political environment. He notes that although Kudrin’s reformist ideology is unlikely to have a significant impact given Putin’s conservative leanings, the appointment does indicate that Putin is at least open to alternate views, and that Kudrin may be setting up shop for a potential premiership following the 2018 presidential election. Veracity Insight — Smoke and Mirrors — Why a High-Profile New Appointment in Russia Does Not Herald Reform.

A PARADOX OF POWER IN NEWLY DEMOCRATIC MYANMAR

In this Veracity Insight, Daniel Patton examines the power dynamic in Myanmar since the National League for Democracy took office last month, officially ending more than a half-century of military rule. As he explains, a range of ethnic issues — namely, insurgent ethnic groups demanding greater autonomy in ongoing peace talks with the NLD and the military — pose a threat to Myanmar’s democracy and foreign investment climate, should the talks fail and lead to conflict. A Paradox of Power in Newly Democratic Myanmar.

LATIN AMERICAN BUSINESS AND POLITICAL OUTLOOK – NEW YORK

Associate Director Christian Perlingiere discussed the shifting political landscapes and their impact on foreign investors in Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico as part of a panel on Latin America hosted by the American Chemical Society.