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 intelligence agencies, NGOs and media ...

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.