Reading Russia's Unwritten Rules: The Politics Of Foreign Investment

27 Oct 2009

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£5 Full / £3 Concession / Free for members

Louise T Blouin Institute

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 295 - along St Ann's Villas, 31, 23, 49, 94, 148 - all pass along Holland Park Avenue (10 minute walk)
  • Latimer Road (3 minute walk), Holland Park (10 minute walk), Shepherds Bush (10 minute walk)

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Over two tumultuous decades, Russia has emerged as a volatile, rewarding, frustrating, and seductive emerging market for foreign investors. Political risk remains the primary source of investor uncertainty. Russia's weak institutions and strong personalities often take investors by surprise, but there are both written and unwritten rules of the game that can help investors spot potential trouble. Eurasia Group analyst Alexander Kliment will discuss the various levels of political risk in Russia and offer insight on how to anticipate and manage them. The lecture will aim to cover Ӣ Overview: weak institutions, strong personalities Ӣ Formal barriers to investment: strategic vs. non-strategic sectors Ӣ Informal macro-level risks: elite politics and the Medvedev-Putin diarchy Ӣ Informal micro level risks: corruption, regulatory harassment Ӣ New political risks posed by the financial crisis Ӣ Managing risk without briefcases filled with cash Alexander Kliment is an analyst in Eurasia Group's Europe & Eurasia practice. He covers the politics and economy of Russia, with an additional focus on center-regional relations and the utilities sector. He also follows political developments in Turkmenistan. Alexander holds an MA in international affairs and economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a BA in history and Slavic literature from Columbia University. He is fluent in Russian and Spanish, and highly proficient in Arabic. Prior to joining Eurasia Group, Alexander covered US Congress, immigration, and international affairs for the Financial Times in Washington, DC. Previously, he worked at the Architectural League of New York, where he managed projects analyzing architecture and urban planning in developing countries. He also worked at the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, where he participated in a project analyzing Russian social safety net and banking laws, and lectured on the FDR legacy at several educational institutions in Russia.


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