China’s Inclusion in MSCI Benchmark Equity Index Spells New Risks for Institutional and Individual Investors

Although Chinese stocks were bumped up to an 18-month high as a result of Beijing having achieved its long-coveted inclusion in MSCI’s global benchmarks (including its flagship Emerging Markets Index) for the fist time (after three failed attempts), there are abundant reasons for caution among U.S. and other foreign institutional and individual investors. According to HSBC, as much as $500 billion from foreign investors could ultimately ...

The Risk Exposure of Russian Defense Companies behind the Atrocities in Syria

Although Russia’s mil­i­tary involve­ment in Syria has been offi­cially under­way since Sep­tem­ber 2015, its actions over the past sev­eral weeks and months have brought into sharp relief its delib­er­ate tar­get­ing of civil­ians, most notably in Aleppo.  As in Ukraine, the Krem­lin had hoped that the “fog of war” would inter­fere with the attri­bu­tion of the bar­barism and alleged war crimes tak­ing place.  West­ern ...

Strategic Analysis: Chinese Business Activity in Thailand (Abstract)

Following Thailand’s May 2014 military coup, relations with the United States soured, while those with China improved considerably. This was yet another case of China’s “no strings attached” policy, combined with the prospect of significant economic and financial investment, altering the geopolitical alignments of a developing country.