Ilves, Grybauskaite talk security

The presidents of Estonia and Lithuania met this weekend to discuss cyber and energy security. READ MORE

Hawks and Allies

By Daniel Larison

“It is certain that Poland is one of the most pro-American countries in Europe, only that the temperature of that pro-Americanism has fallen,” said Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland’s foreign minister, in an interview with the Rzeczpospolita newspaper this week. READ MORE

Kazakhstan Pushes For Integration With the Global Economy

By Roman Muzalevsky

For Kazakhstan May was full of economically and geopolitically significant developments worth exploring in the national, regional, and global contexts. The country hosted the 4th Economic Forum in Astana on May 3 – 4, designed to assess economic challenges facing the world economy and explore ways of shaping global economic development. It also held the forum of the Council of Foreign Investors, chaired by the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, and the annual conference of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) during May 18 – 21. It further launched an investment forum in Astana. READ MORE

The Missile Defense Hyperbole Game

By Greg Thielmann

In principle, both Russia and the United States have endorsed cooperation on missile defense. Absent cooperation, the two countries are unlikely to make further progress on reducing their still bloated nuclear arsenals. READ MORE

Europe Is Warning Us

By Victor Davis Hanson

Socialist promises of an equality of result are imploding before Europeans’ eyes. READ MORE

Erdogan wins parliamentary elections, falls short of two-thirds majority

By Gabriel Borrud, Spencer Kimball

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's party has won parliamentary elections. But results show that his AKP will fall short of the two-thirds majority needed to rewrite the constitution without other parties' cooperation. READ MORE

Poland, U.S. Strike Deal on Air Force Deployment

Poland has signed a deal with the United States on the deployment from 2013 of aircraft and training staff to help bolster the EU nation's military capacity, Poland's defense minister said June 13. READ MORE

NATO Promotes Dialogue and Cooperation in Central Asia

By Arthur Dunn

On June 10th the Kyrgyz Parliament ratified a Treaty in accordance with which the NATO Central Asia Office shall move to Kyrgyzstan. READ MORE

A widely anticipated high-level journey by Chinese president

Chinese President Hu Jintao will pay state visits to Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine from June 12 to 20 and attend the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the Kazakh capital of Astana and the 15th International Economic Forum in St.Petersburg in Russia. READ MORE

Political analyst: Deauville statement more clearly reflects Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution plan

Deauville statement by the OSCE Minsk Group member countries’ presidents more clearly reflects plan of resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the director of the Center for Political Innovation and Technology, a political analyst Mubariz Ahmedoglu said at a news conference in Trend News Agency. READ MORE