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Christopher Hartwell

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President of CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research and Associate Professor, Kozminski University (both in Warsaw, Poland), and Visiting Professor at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). Formerly Head of Global Markets and Institutional Research at the Institute for Emerging Market Studies (based at the Moscow School of Management - SKOLKOVO), Senior Investment Climate Advisor at the World Bank Group, and International Economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Warsaw School of Economics and a Master’s in public policy from Harvard, as well as B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

10.05.2016

TPP highlights the risks of free trade becoming a political weapon

TPP highlights the risks of free trade becoming a political weapon

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, originally seen as a sweeping free trade agreement linking the Pacific region's economies, is at risk of turning into a political weapon against those opposed to U.S. economic clout, including China and Russia

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27.01.2016

How to cure the woes of the Eurasian Economic Union

How to cure the woes of the Eurasian Economic Union

A year since its establishment, the Eurasian Economic Union has been largely unsuccessful in its efforts to bring its member states economically and politically closer together

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08.10.2015

The impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Russia

The impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Russia

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest regional trade agreement to date, is likely to bring economic and political losses to Russia, unless it changes its policy and decides to become a part of trans-Pacific trade liberalization in the future

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26.08.2015

Will the freefalling Chinese market take Russia with it?

Will the freefalling Chinese market take Russia with it?

Russia looks exceedingly vulnerable to further dramatic swings in China’s financial markets and any weakening in Chinese demand for Russian energy

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03.08.2015

What China's economic predicament means for Russia

What China's economic predicament means for Russia

Growing volatility in China’s financial markets is leading to uncertainty about the ability of China to rescue Russia’s stagnating economy, especially if this volatility is a sign of future weakness ahead for Chinese economic growth

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22.07.2015

Russia won't be able to help Greece solve its financial crisis

Russia won't be able to help Greece solve its financial crisis

Although there are the opinions that the Kremlin can play a meaningful role in the final resolution of the Greek crisis, it is hardly likely to be the case, given Russia’s own economic challenges

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18.06.2015

Trading in services, trading in secrecy, or just trading on the past?

Trading in services, trading in secrecy, or just trading on the past?

The new Trade in Services Agreement, currently being negotiated by 24 of the world’s largest economies – but not the BRICS, may be well intentioned, but it is really all about market access and not true trade liberalization

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18.05.2015

Russia and China are frenemies both in Central Asia and globally

Russia and China are frenemies both in Central Asia and globally

While there are greater outward signs of cooperation between Russia and China, especially in Central Asia, the reality is that Russia and China still view each other as rivals in their economic and geopolitical ambitions

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27.04.2015

The EU vs. Gazprom: The hybrid war continues

The EU vs. Gazprom: The hybrid war continues

The EU and Russia may once again be at a political impasse when it comes to Gazprom and the future of European energy. However, unlike the situation in Ukraine, the Europeans might have the upper hand

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31.03.2015

If Western retailers exit Russia, what takes their place?

If Western retailers exit Russia, what takes their place?

With the exodus of foreign companies from Russia, the biggest worry for the country is that the state-capitalist model that the Kremlin has championed, in which official cartels control the commanding heights of the economy, is extended to the retail sector

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12.02.2015

China is the key to the future of the Eurasian Economic Union

China is the key to the future of the Eurasian Economic Union

Just expanding and deepening the integration of countries from the post-Soviet space may not be enough to guarantee the future success of the Eurasian Economic Union. What may be needed is the involvement of a major economic player such as China

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10.02.2015

The wild card factor for Europe's economy in 2015 remains Ukraine

The wild card factor for Europe's economy in 2015 remains Ukraine

How the Ukrainian war plays out will influence the economies of the EU member states, which are already under pressure by the threat of a Greek exit from the euro and the uncertainty surrounding the new monetary policy of the ECB

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16.12.2014

The next victim of the ruble's decline could be Eurasian integration

The next victim of the ruble's decline could be Eurasian integration

While Russia's Central Bank increased its interest rate to 17 percent, the steep depreciation of the ruble and the oil prices drop have negative implications for Russia’s economy and its ability to integrate with other nations in the Eurasian Union

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20.03.2014

Will Ukraine become a roadblock to Eurasian integration?

Will Ukraine become a roadblock to Eurasian integration?

The Ukraine crisis might slow down the pace of Eurasian integration and raise the stakes for greater integration with Asian partners such as China

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29.01.2014

Whistling past the graveyard: Russia, the US, and the results from Davos

Whistling past the graveyard: Russia, the US, and the results from Davos

Although this year’s meeting in Davos was less focused on economic crisis than previously, it highlighted some of the economic challenges of Russia and other countries

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