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...

  The current intensification of inter-regional integration processes in a number of specific areas within the EU is one of the reactions to the crisis of the European Union that is currently unfolding. The group consists of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. It is worth noting that in contrast to Marshal...

Karimov was a problematic partner for all, but still managed to serve as the chairman of SCO and to involve in the organization of such nuclear "friends” as India and Pakistan. This achievement of Karimov was mentioned by Putin as well… A president with complicated personality  New presidents in the post-Soviet area have emerged, all of them more frequently declaring multi-vector...

Оn 20 July 2016 Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenka approved the final version of the new Military Doctrine of Belarus. The previous version adopted in 2002 has obviously outlived its usefulness in light of the dramatic changes in the global and regional security architecture. The Russia-Ukraine hybrid conflict and a new “Cold war” contributed greatly to the development of this document....

In his latest book, the patriarch of the American geopolitics draws out several scenarios for the global development in the near future. More than ever, this Democrats’ foreign policy heavyweight has been reserved and skeptical, his forecasts ranging from bleak optimism to gloomy post-liberal picture of the 21st century world order. First of all, it is necessary to point out that, unlike in his...

The second meeting of the foreign ministers of the five Central Asian countries and the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was a logical continuation of the dialogue in the “C5+1” format, launched in 2015 in Samarkand, where President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov delivered a farewell speech. It was the first forum where the parties discussed the prospects of international cooperation in the...

On June 27, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin received a letter from his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, expressing Turkey’s willingness to restore ties with Russia. Immediately, Gazprom spokesperson Sergey Kupriyanov announced his company’s openness to dialogue with Ankara on the construction of the “Turkish Stream” natural gas pipeline. Turkish Prime Minister Binali...

The fears of those remembering that in August something always happens in Russia to make the whole world tremble, be it a coup attempt in Moscow or the Georgian war during the Olympics, have finally been proved well-grounded. This time in August, again the Olympic one and in the wake of the Presidential elections in the U.S., a worrying chain of events unfolded in the annexed Crimea. Their possible...

  The recent trilateral meeting (Azerbaijan-Iran-Russia) in Baku seems to open new prospects for the region. The Politicon interviews Mr. Alex Vatanka, a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute and the Jamestown Foundation in Washington D.C, specialist in Iranian and Caucasian policies on the significance of the meeting and discussed projects.   Interviewer: Fuad Shahbazov    ...

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