Emmanuel Olusegun Stober
Emmanuel Olusegun Stober
Economist, PhD, the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Associate Chartered Economist, Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria, passionate about development economics, international business, and international diplomacy
The Geopolitical Game of Thrones and Europe’s Energy Crisis

The Geopolitical Game of Thrones and Europe’s Energy Crisis

Ever since the Russia-Ukraine conflict started, it has evolved into an economic war between Russia, on the one side, and the European Union and the United States, on the other. While the US and the EU imposed heavy sanctions to cripple the Russian economy due to its actions in Ukraine, President Putin has played the geopolitical “Game of Thrones” so well that now Europe is facing an economic crisis. The EU annual inflation rate for energy has touched a record high of 42%, food inflation has increased to 9.8% – the highest in 20 years –, and now the GDP growth rate is slowing down, with Russia being blamed for this. At the same time, rising inflation is ending an era of negative real interest rates and increasing the risk of a fracturing Eurozone economy. More


The Hunger Games: Weaponizing Food

The Hunger Games: Weaponizing Food

Since the beginning of time, food has been used as a weapon of war. Enemies have tried to starve each other to death. The Romans did it, and so did the Germans, the Americans, and Britain weaponized food against India and the Central Powers. Food has always been used as a weapon of choice in almost every conflict or war.An ugly contradiction is playing out in war-torn Ukraine, as thousands of Ukrainians are starving in cities besieged by Russian forces, even though Ukraine is a key supplier in the global food supply chain, responsible for significant food commodity export. More


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