On 7 September 2018, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani had a meeting in Minsk with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka. It is a significant visit since the bilateral relations have greatly weakened during the last four years since Belarus had started its rapprochement with the West. The official statements on the meeting have already raised up numerous discussions in the Belarusian mass...

The Topchubashov Center is delighted to present you an interview with Murad Gassanly (PhD), an energy politics researcher and the first ever person from Azerbaijan to be elected to the municipality council in the United Kingdom. Currently, he represents the Conservative Party and serves for his second term as the Westminster City Councillor. The interview covers both the pressing issues of British domestic...

  German Chancellor Merkel paid state visits to the three Caucasus republics from 23 August to 25 August, 2018. After a period of relative strength that led to the impression of a steady rise of the Federal Republic within the international system, this tour takes place in times when Berlin faces new strategic constraints. These constraints severed over recent years and include serious issues that...

The Sayragul Sauytbay case re-surfaced some questions on the status of Kazakh population in Western China and evaluated the growing China-Kazakhstan economic partnership in light of the recent developments. Mr. Aidar Amrebayev, political expert from Kazakhstan, shares his opinion in this regard.   China and Kazakhstan have strong and dynamic economic relations. Kazakhstan is one of the center points...

  Good Oligarch, Bad Oligarch (by Vladislav Inozemtsev) 31 July 2018   Vladislav Inozemtsev argues that the policy of marginalizing and stifling virtually all of the so-called Russian oligarchs is counter-productive and will only bring them into Putin’s warm embrace. Instead, he proposes to distinguish between those billionaires who actively endorse and finance the Russian...

Global Supply Chains Are Dangerously Easy to Snap (by Elisabeth Braw) 7 August 2018 UK’s stockpiling plans in case a no-deal Brexit and the reasons why other developed countries depending on complex supply chains should take Britain’s misfortune as a wake-up call are being discussed in this article. Global supply chains in a modern world are a national security issue. Although thanks to a...

Immigration policy should be generous; it should be fair; it should be flexible. With such a policy we can turn to the world, and to our own past, with clean hands and a clear conscience.  John Fitzgerald Kennedy, “A Nation of Immigrants”, 1958   The long-brewing Civil War in Syria that blasted out to engender a mass movement of refugees in 2015 has created a long trajectory of...

Greece exits its bail-out programme, but its marathon has further to go 2 August 2018 The Economist discusses the current state of Greek economy which has recently been emboldened by two years of GDP growth and the official termination of the third, last round of the IMF bailout pending this August. However, long-term structural problems- low productivity, weak economic dynamic, not particularly...

Prior to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the deepening relationship between Russian and Turkey showed itself in the first agreement designed to enhance their economic ties. The agreement was signed on March 15, 1977 and mainly embraced cooperation in the promotion of industrial development and energy affairs. Meanwhile, the parties also inked an agreement concerning scientific and technical...

A safari for Wagner (by Andrey Kamakin) 13 July 2018 This piece, first published in June 2018, has been republished following the tragic death of   three Russian journalists of the highest caliber in Central African Republic. The author discusses the role of so-called “Wagner”, a private military unit now ubiquitously claimed to be on the forefront of Russian geopolitical affairs but...

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