Critics in the Maldives likely sighed relief when Saudi King Salman this week postponed his visit because of an outbreak of flu. The flu is however unlikely to halt a planned massive Saudi investment or the impact on Maldives society of the kingdom’s religion-driven public diplomacy. Big ticket investments and countering political violence dominated the headlines of the king’s tour of Asia...

With Russia’s changing the balances in the Middle East following its active intervention in Syria in 2015, Moscow’s Kurdish policy has become one of the most debated issues. In order to understand this policy well and foresee the future of this relationship, it is necessary to mention some important facts from a historical perspective. The initial contact between the Russians and the Kurds...

   The visit of the Georgian president to Minsk on March 2-3, 2017, can noticeably revive the topic of integration with the European Union of a group of post-Soviet countries participating in the "Eastern Partnership" project among which Belarus is also trying to be active. Today, both in Brussels and in other capitals there is notable pessimism regarding this unpromising project. However, there...

Pakistan is emerging as an important military player in the Gulf as it struggles to balance complex relations with regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran and diverging approaches by different branches of its government. Pakistan’s military engagement with the Gulf goes far beyond increased involvement in a Saudi-led, 41-nation military alliance that officially was established to counter terrorism, but...

Several months have passed and the government still hasn’t been formed in Macedonia. This is the result of the anti-Albanian positions held by Nikola Gruevski during the negotiations with the Albanian parties. He demanded a change of the platform, fundamental principles, and undeniable rights that have been denied for years on end. The foundations of the Macedonian state cannot remain without the...

Turkey energy interests in EU Turkey commands an obvious and unique geostrategic significance for the Euro-Atlantic community, and as an influential player located at the intersection of the Black and Mediterranean Seas, the Middle East, the Balkans, the Caucasus region, and GCS, is at the center of the Western attention. The country possesses the almost 75 million population with the majority of Muslims....

The day of 26th February marks another anniversary of the Khojaly massacre; the most atrocious occasion of civilian bloodshed happened during the Armenian-Azerbaijani armed conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. As Azerbaijani political experts, we perceive it our duty to raise awareness about this horrendous crime against humanity among international community which embodies the values of peace and justice-...

For the first time ever, Gazprom officially expressed interest in using the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to deliver Russian gas to Europe. During the European Gas Conference in Vienna, on January 24, Gazprom deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev said that Russia’s upstream capacity is sufficient to export more than 100 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year of extra gas to Europe, but it faces an...

Mercantilism vs Global Free Trade International economic relations have not been only bringing considerable advantages for each and every country during the globalizing decades, but also easily become a means to manipulate politics for populists, such as the new United States President Donald Trump. Mercantilism, a policy to increase a country’s exports to the point when they exceed its imports, has...

The intrigue around the Russian-Belarusian strategic drills “Zapad-2017”, which was announced in advanced to be held in autumn on Belarusian soil increase with each passing day.  And recent public explanation of the Commander in Chief of the Belarusian Armed Forces Alexander Lukashenka did not bring clarity about these war games. According to him, they are ordinary joint strategic...

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