Regional Defrosting  Formally, in the Concept of Foreign Policy Affairs of Uzbekistan which was adopted under Islam Karimov, Central Asia is designated as the priority of foreign policy of Tashkent. Among the most important tasks of Uzbek politics in the region was included the use of the resources of transboundary rivers. The only problem is that Karimov did not realize this issue in practice....

During the third ministerial meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) Advisory Council, held in Baku, on February 23, the European Commission’s vice president for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, encouraged international financial institutions to bankroll the SGC project. Amidst volatile oil prices, securing financing is of primary importance for this strategic energy transit...

A series of street protests broke out in late February 2017 in Belarus. Alexander Lukashenka, the “last dictator of Europe” who had not allowed opposition in his country for years, now faces mass rallies that may shatter his presidency. Roman Yakovlevsky, a journalist and political expert from Belarus, provides insight about the situation.   Interviewer: Shahana Bilalova   ...

   Azerbaijan has been an Eastern Partnership country for years, but seems to pursue its unique path regarding the relations with the Euro-Atlantic community. Trying to distance itself from deeper integrational processes, it instead prefers multilateral relations in the field of energy. The Politicon`s editor-in-chief tries to give some insight on Azerbaijan`s foreign relations ahead...

Having possessed some of the world’s largest natural gas reserves, Turkmenistan is also one of few producer countries – and the only former Soviet republic – that is able to export more than half of its gas production, due to its small population (six times smaller than Uzbekistan’s, for instance) and relatively low level of industrialization. Its position in global energy market...

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...

Stimson Centre published a book The Lure and Pitfalls of MIRVs: from the First to the Second Nuclear Age, which is the collection of essays edited by Michael Krepon1, Travis Wheeler2 and Shane Mason3. It attempts to compare the Cold War era’s nuclear strategies with the contemporary strategic trends – presenting various perspectives on Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicles (MIRVs).  In...

Azerbaijan’s foreign policy towards Russia has been mostly shaped by the historical and geographical factors connecting the two countries. The long-term Russian rule and influence in Azerbaijan have led the latter to be dependent on Russia in terms of governance, as well as educational, technological, and scientific development. When it comes to geography, Azerbaijan shares a 284-km length land...

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