In the first month of 2017, Tajikistan witnessed a major dismissal accompanied by an (un)expected appointment within the ranks of power. The mayor of Dushanbe, Tajikistan`s capital city, was sacked by a Presidential decree. Had such a case happened in a Western country, it would have beenacceptedas something quite ordinary, especially if the dismissed person had served 20 years in office. But in...

In the early days of the current year, the ambassadors of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to Germany collectively wrote a petition asking German media to stop referring to the above-mentioned nations as “former Soviet countries”. The issue had been prompted by the Soviet Legacy column on the German news portal Die Zeit.   The Facebook page of Latvia`s embassy in...

Moldova`s newly elected president Igor Dodon paid his first official visit to Transnistria and held talks with Vadim Krasnoselsky, the head of the breakaway region, on January 4. The information was provided by Dodon on his Facebook account. According to Moldovan leader, he congratulated Vadim Krasnoselsky on his win in the December Presidential election, discussed a wide range of various issues,...

Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader passed away on November 25, reopening debates about his political and economic heritage - his Cuba. The zeitgeist of the Cold War era revived with such discussions pitting social security of the communism against the political pluralism, affluence of capitalism. In this vast discourse, where are we Azerbaijanis? How do we accommodate our recent socialist past? ...

  The calculations of geopolitical strategists in Minsk, which suggested that the Belarusian-Georgian relations will receive a new impetus after Lukashenka`s visit to Tbilisi last year seem to come true.       The recent official visit of Foreign Minister of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, to Tbilisi is intended to be such an impetus. Until now, Georgia had been the only country in the...

Who would have thought that Coca-Cola’s expulsion from Bolivia in 2012 would be the beginning of a historical demise of U. S. foreign policy influence not only in South America but also in Southern Caucasus and South East European regions as Washington’s staggering absence in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, Syrian War, Crimean - Ukrainian crisis and its diplomatic incident with the Philippine...

Recently, the Russian Ministry of Defence disclosed logistical data of railway traffic to other countries for the upcoming year. It revealed that the Kremlin is planning to significantly increase the amount of military cargo headed for Belarus. This may be a sign that Moscow is preparing to redeploy a large number of Russian troops to Belarus in 2017. A piece by Belarus Digest predicted that the Kremlin is...

On 6 November 2016 Milivoje Katnich, the Chief Special Prosecutor of Montenegro, gave a statement regarding the failed coup attempt in Podgorica during the Parliamentary elections on 16 October 2016. According to him, several groups of Russian and Russian-backed Serbian nationalists were behind the coup; they were hoping to prevent Montenegro from joining NATO and the EU. The fact that the Kremlin was able...

Energy security is the key question for any state in the modern era, especially those highly industrialized and therefore heavily dependent on cheap, reliable and consistent energy supplies. When a group of such countries form a union situation becomes even more complicated as the presence of too many players with differing interests in terms of energy supply and security makes coming to a common agreement...

The Iran-Armenia-Georgia gas talks have recently gained momentum. Iranian and Georgian companies have signed gas purchase contracts, to supply natural gas to Georgia through Armenia. While the perspective of enhanced Iran-Armenia-Georgia gas cooperation is limited from political and technical viewpoints, Armenia is actively seeking to carve out a new role for itself in order to mitigate the repercussions...

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