Vladivostok is a key city in a region that few outside of Russia report on, some may have never heard of it. When there is an event such as the Far East Economic Forum, there is a flurry of news, a flash in the pan, but afterwards little follow-up and then it is off the world’s radar again. Big mistake!
A client (for this narrative I will call him Igor) from a central Russia region breathlessly phoned me after this past Thanksgiving weekend to say he was in Moscow and urgently needed to meet. My mercantile brain kicked into gear, and we agreed to lunch at a fine restaurant on Tverskaya Street. To make a long story short, he had a board meeting two days earlier and was “ordered” to get the company geared up to employ blockchain smart contract applications to reduce overheads and improve efficiencies – immediately.
This past October 23rdbrought cold, rain and the foretaste of winter. On the bright side, I received a phone call from the incredibly dedicated, hardworking and active Ms. Oksana Romanchuk who is Member of the Board and Business Ambassador to the UK for “OPORA RUSSIA“.
Asked to make a presentation on the increasing shift in the commercial and geopolitical world toward de-dollarization, I reviewed (yet again) a recent study by the U.S. Defence Department, ‘At Our Own Peril: DoD Risk Assessment in a Post-Primacy World’.
“Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice(she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).” This Alice in Wonderland snippet seems apt when considering the current state of relations between the U.S. and Russia.
Something is quietly brewing between the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) which is an economic union of states located in central and northern Eurasia (Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia), and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprised of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.