Non-participation of Armenian President in NATO summit shows unwillingness to resolve Karabakh conflict


Non-participation of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in the NATO summit has proven his unwillingness to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, director of the Center of Political Innovations and Technologies, political analyst Mubariz Ahmedoglu told Trend. READ MORE

Uncertain World: Will Russia Become Part of the West?

By Fyodor Lukyanov

In early 2003, during Vladimir Putin’s first term as president, Russia found itself in a political alliance with the West for the first time since World War I. Siding with Paris and Berlin, Moscow resolutely opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Many analysts considered this triangle to be the onset of a new European political geometry, but it did not lead to anything serious. READ MORE

Turkish Military Electronics Company Grows in Kazakhstan

The Turkish Military Electronics Company (ASELSAN) signed an agreement yesterday with Kazakhstan Engineering (KE) to broaden the strategic partnership between the two companies, at the Kazakhstan-Turkey Business Forum in Astana. READ MORE

France's Strategy


By George Friedman

New political leaders do not invent new national strategies. Rather, they adapt enduring national strategies to the moment. On Tuesday, Francois Hollande will be inaugurated as France's president, and soon after taking the oath of office, he will visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. At this moment, the talks are expected to be about austerity and the European Union, but the underlying issue remains constant: France's struggle for a dominant role in European affairs at a time of German ascendance. READ MORE

Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe


By Janusz Onyszkiewicz

For many years now there has been a trend toward bilateral US-Russian reductions in strategic nuclear weapons. This has been motivated, at least partly, by a desire to avoid a costly arms race which could not in any case secure a clear military superiority for either side. READ MORE

Chicago Summit Declaration on Afghanistan


Issued by the Heads of State and Government of Afghanistan and Nations contributing to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) READ MORE

Missile defense puts brakes on disarmament

By Bernd Riegert

NATO's planned missile shield has dampened relations with Russia. But German peace researcher Oliver Meier says Moscow exaggerates any threat the shield - which may never even function as envisioned - might pose. READ MORE

NATO and Afghanistan

In advance of the NATO summit meeting on Afghanistan, American officials are claiming real progress in the fight against the Taliban. “Every day we’re gaining traction,” Gen. John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan, told reporters last week. There is improvement, but we are skeptical that the situation is that encouraging. READ MORE

Grybauskaite: Poland Chose Russia as a Friend and Gave Lithuania a Role of a Scapegoat

Being in Chicago the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite after the meeting with the US Lithuanians harshly criticized the policy of Poland, saying that Warsaw chose Russia as a friend, and Lithuania once again turned into a scapegoat. READ MORE