A Meaningful Plan for North Korea’s Development

North Korean poster proclaiming an economically powerful country.

by Emanuel Pastreich  We must feel sympathy for the North Korean government officials suddenly faced with slick corporate operators from Koch Industries, or elsewhere, who come in to overwhelm them with gaudy presentations, to bribe them and to do everything… Continue Reading  

Armenia, Azerbaijan Compete for Iranian Cargo

Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Karen Karapetyan

by Bradley Jardine On its heavily fortified border with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Armenia is developing a new strategy to overcome decades of economic isolation. But a bit to the east, on its own border with Iran, Azerbaijan is… Continue Reading  

Challenges Ahead for China’s Belt and Road Project

1024px-Talgo_200_Tulpar_train,_Astana_rail_terminal._Kazakhstan,_2009

by Tristan Kenderdine China’s bid to expand its economic presence in Eurasia – embodied in its “Belt and Road” initiative – requires a major upgrade of railway capacity, especially in Central Asia. Planning and implementing the upgrade entails significant challenges involving… Continue Reading