A Strategy Towards Europe’s Contested Neighborhood

The Rīga Conference 2010 opened on 10 September for two day invigorating security and foreign policy debate. The conference aims to kick-off high level international discussions on foreign and security policy issues before entering the intensive policy making season in the fall of 2010. The conference has become the most significant gathering of some of the most respected world thinkers, academics, commentators, journalists, and politicians, providing a platform for a broad intellectual exchange on the current Transatlantic agenda. READ MORE

Prime Minister Erdogan claims victory in divisive referendum in Turkey

By Dorian Jones, Sarah Harman

Turkish voters went to the polls on Sunday to decide on a reform package that has split the population. Early results indicate that 60 percent of the electorate has voted "Yes," a decisive victory for the government. READ MORE

EU, Kosovo Welcome Serbian Resolution

European Union countries and Kosovo have welcomed a move by Serbia to soften a draft UN resolution on the future of its former province. READ MORE

Ahmadinejad Encroaches On Supreme Leader's Foreign-Policy Turf

By Golnaz Esfandiari

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's appointments of special envoys for foreign affairs is seen as a direct challenge to the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. READ MORE

NATO Takes Aim At Energy

By Dr. Arūnas Molis

When during the meetings in Strasbourg and Kiel (in April 2009) the leaders of NATO decided to start discussions on a new strategic concept of NATO, nobody expected easy agreements. Nevertheless all the countries of the Alliance agreed that the key goal of NATO should be the establishment of the secure political environment. To this end the Alliance shall elaborate effective measures for the elimination of threats. READ MORE

EU Convinces Serbia To Water Down UN Resolution Draft

By Joanna Impey

Serbia has agreed to water down its controversial resolution on Kosovo due to be presented at the United Nation's General Assembly on Thursday. The European Union's top diplomat welcomed the decision. READ MORE

Russia seeks to maintain balanced relations with Armenia, Azerbaijan

In less than a fortnight after Russia signed a deal with Armenia Russian president Dmitry Medvedev heads to Baku to discuss the urgent issues with the Azerbaijani government. Some experts believe that this highest level visit is aimed at soothing the effect of Russian-Armenian military agreement. Political analyst Viktor Nadein-Rayevsky, a senior fellow of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of World Economy and International Relations, shared his views on the situation in the South Caucasus. READ MORE

Dalia Grybauskaitė And Her Baltic And Polish Counterparts To Discuss Ways To Promote Regional Partnership, In Riga

On Friday, September 10, President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė goes for a one-day working visit to Riga to attend a meeting of the Presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and to make an address at an annual security conference in the capital of Latvia. This time, the traditional meeting of the heads of the three Baltic States will also be attended by the new President of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski. READ MORE

A Background To The Constitutional Referendum: Reinforcing The Politics Of Polarization

By İlter Turan

Turkey’s politicians usually take a break from their routine in August and enjoy a vacation. But in a departure from tradition, they are on the campaign trail these days, speaking at several rallies a day under the harsh summer sun. READ MORE

Karabakh Issue In Focus Of Discussions

Karabakh issue dominated the internatal political agenda during the past week. READ MORE