The South China Sea, located at the heart of East Asia, has long been considered a region with significant risk of a conflict outbreak, since claims on it by seven countries overlap: PR China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei. Its route encompasses a total of $5.3 trillion worth of trade. The sea basin contains approximately 11 billion barrels worth of oil and 190 cubic trillions...

  On 14-20 September 2016, the Belarusian Armed Forces conducted large-scale military drills. Despite the fact that these military exercises were planned, they demonstrate a significant shift in security policy as Minsk increasingly takes into consideration possible risks and challenges from Russia. It seems that the Belarusian Armed Forces are preparing for a possible Donbass-like hybrid...

  The Presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran—Ilham Aliyev, Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani, respectively—met in Baku, on August 8, and signed a Joint Declaration committing their countries to deepening cooperation on energy. In particular, the three sides pledged to collaborate on exploring oil and natural gas deposits, sharing technology on energy supply and...

It has been pronounced on several occasions that Iran may join TANAP, a constituent part of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC), scheduled to supply natural gas from Shah Deniz II to the European market starting from 2019. Rovnag Abdullayev, the president of State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), TANAP’s major stakeholder (58%), said that "after the decision on...

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