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OSCE Summit In Astana To Adapt Organization To New Realities Of 21 Century: US Permanent Representative To OSCE Ian Kelly

By Dimash Syzdykov

One of the most important achievements of Kazakhstan during the years of independence is its election to be the first state in the CIS, Asia, Muslim and Turkic world to chair the OSCE. Our country managed to organize the OSCE Summit on December 1-2 this year in Astana. This event will give a new impetus to the activity of the Organization after 11-year pause in top-level meetings. READ MORE

Revisiting Nato's Role

By Harun ur Rashid

It is very important to remember that its 1949 founding documents clearly say that Nato is a defensive organisation, which would go into action only when one of its member states was attacked. This is known as collective defence. Nato (Atlantic Pact) was constituted to counter communism and the Soviet threat during the Cold War. READ MORE

Serbia: A Weimar Republic?

The current situation in Serbia mirrors that of post-WW I Germany and threatens to re-focus international attention on the region, writes Marko Papic, an analyst for Stratfor, a global intelligence company based in the US. READ MORE

Europe’s Long-Term Growth Prospects

By Uri Dadush, Bennett Stancil

The Great Recession and subsequent debt crisis have left Europe with a deep and painful legacy. Output remains 7 percent below the pre-crisis trend; public debt levels continue to reach historic highs; banks remain fragile; and the Euro area is severely out of balance. To ensure that today’s downturn does not devolve into long-term slow growth and deflationary trends, European policy makers need to respond with far-reaching structural reforms. READ MORE

Austrian Ambassador: Azerbaijan Can Play Strategic Role As Exporting Country To Meet Europe’s Energy Needs

Trend interviews the Austrian ambassador to Azerbaijan Sylvia Meyer Kaibic on the eve of Austria's National Holiday - October 26 READ MORE

Hillary Feeding Georgia With Strategic Promises

By Ruslan Chigoev

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton goes on encouraging Georgia. After her approving statements about support of Sakartvelo's sovereignty and "territorial integrity" she promised to assist in realization of a strategy regarding the "occupied territories". The prospect of the implementation of this document was discussed by GeorgiaTimes correspondent with Foreign Minister of Abkhazia Maxim Gvindzhia. READ MORE

Oil And Politics, The Lithuania Round

By Jan Cienski

How a Polish investment in a Lithuanian oil refinery went bad and raised Russia's ire. READ MORE

Turkey Conditionally Approves NATO Missile Shield

By Sevil Küçükkoşum

Turkey indicated Thursday during a meeting of NATO ministers that it could approve the deployment of a proposed U.S.-led anti-missile system on Turkish soil, though it expressed reservations about the project. READ MORE

CIS As A Geopolitical Ghost

By Viktor Denisenko

The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which today is more formal than actually operating organization, was established after the fall of the Soviet Union. The initiator of this political alliance was Moscow. Its initial idea was actively supported by Ukraine and Belarus, several former soviet republics joined CIS later. Russia did not want to release its former „sisters“ from the sphere of influence, whereas the size of CIS should have solved the disagreements which emerged after the collapse of USSR. READ MORE

Nazarbayev's forthcoming visit to Brussels to deepen Kazakhstan-Belgium cooperation and to expand Kazakhstan-EU relations

By Dimash Syzdykov

As is known, the Kingdom of Belgium is an administrative and political centre of Europe where the headquarters of the European Union, EU Council,  European Parliament, NATO and other international organizations are located. In the second half of 2010 Belgium assumed the office of the EU Council presiding country. For Kazakhstan, as the OSCE chairing country, development of the relations with the state where the major European institutes are located is an important priority in its foreign policy.On the threshold of the official visit of the Kazakh President to Belgium scheduled for October 25-26, Kazinform publishes an interview with Director General of the Royal Institute for International Relations Marc Trenteseau who gave his own evaluation to the Kazakh-Belgian bilateral relations and chairmanship of our country in the OSCE. READ MORE