Trump administration has presented National Security Strategy (NSS) after almost a year to take office. I had a chance to review the strategy document and when I was reviewing that NSS document the words of former Soviet Union’s leader Nikita Khrushchev were recalling into my mind. Once he said that "America will fall without a shot being fired. It will fall from within." How much his assessment is...

Introduction The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was established to eliminate the ideological and military threats posed by the Soviet Union after it appeared as a winner in evident results of the Second World War. The Truman doctrine which forms the base of the Cold War policy of the United States was meant to limit the geopolitical expansion of Soviet Union and in a different way was considered...

Baku, Azerbaijan 5-18 August 2018   About Summer School For the second time, Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University offers a unique opportunity for a selected group of highly motivated and prospective undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students to experience top-class and challenging university-level summer school on "Post Oil Economy".   Why participate? - Broaden economical and...

In the last years relations between Ankara and Moscow have drastically changed and the impact of situations in Syria as well as internal political struggles in Turkey are intensely covered over the background of bilateral relations. Yet, developments in the Caucasus as an important strategic arena were still underreported and seemed to stay a subject of a close circle of regional experts.   Even...

Yes, it might sound unusual: the meaning of the name of Karabakh (in most literature “Nagorno” (Mountainous) is added in front of it), a remote region between Armenia and Azerbaijan, is “black garden”. But ironically, after all the disputes, fights, and tragedies happening there around for almost three decades it is impossible to describe that “garden” without...

Sixty-four candidates have applied for registration to the March 2018 presidential elections in the Russian Federation. Many names are familiar, such as Liberal Democratic leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky (now 71) and Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky (65), but others are new, including the nominee of the official Communist Party, Pavel Grudinin and socialite Ksenia Sobchak, well known as a TV star and the...

Ukrainian politics is always complex. For the past three and one half years the leadership, in the form of President Petro Poroshenko, has remained stable, though increasingly unpopular. He is likely to stand for reelection in 2019, if not sooner. Otherwise the clearest thing about the views of the electorate is that it it is not especially enamoured with any of the leading politicians. In fact, the third...

Azerbaijan is a predominantly Muslim country. According to, The World Factbook 2015, 96.9 percent of the population is Muslims. Shia Muslims make approximately 85 percent while Sunni 15 percent of total Muslim population. The rest of the residents (around 3%) is made up of mostly Christians and Jews, as well as representatives of non-traditional sects (Krishnaism, etc.). Thus, the Shiites form the majority...

A hundred years after the October Revolution, new revolutionary waves with certain regularity cover both countries and even entire regions of the world.   From "velvet revolution" to "color revolution" This circumstance gives reason to think about the nature of such a change of power, which sometimes leads to completely different results. Shortly before the collapse of the USSR and immediately after...

On October 15, 2017, the presidential elections took place in Kyrgyzstan and on November 24 the new President took office. For the first time the transfer of power and change of the president followed regular and peaceful proceedings unlike in 2005 and 2010 when the governments were ousted by revolutions. Former President, Almazbek Atambayev, after serving his six-year term, just left the post...

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