Azeri Deputy Speaker calls for increased Russian role in Karabakh settlement

Azerbaijani Parliament Deputy Speaker called for increased Russian role in the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Baku on Saturday. READ MORE

Superpower Ambitions Weaken Russia

By Irina Busygina and Mikhail Filippov

Over the past decade, Russia has made repeated attempts to demonstrate its growing power to the world. There are two main objectives behind these attempts: to obtain international recognition as a superpower and to coerce other states into partnership. Both goals are based on the political elite’s belief that Russia should be included on that list a priori by virtue of its huge territory, nuclear arsenal and economic potential. READ MORE

Russian President arrives in Baku for official visit

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Azeri capital for an official two-day visit on Thursday. READ MORE

Transnistrian conflict to be discussed at OSCE summit in Astana

Special representative of the OSCE chairman-in-office Bolat Nurgaliev has said the Transnistrian conflict will be included in the agenda of the OSCE Summit of Heads of State and Government which will take a place in Astana in December, 2010. READ MORE

The International Factor in the Events in Southern Kyrgyzstan

By Richard Rousseau

Most observers at the moment are in the dark as to the causes and the instigators of the riots in the Osh and Jalalabad regions of Kyrgyzstan, which have been ongoing since 10 June. READ MORE

Joint press point

with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the President of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski READ MORE

Moscow's Foreign Policies

By Nikolas K. Gvosdev

Last month, Defense Secretary Robert Gates complained that Russia’s foreign policy when it came to was “schizophrenic.” I would argue that it is less a case of schizophrenia, and more a reflection of the fact that Russia does not have a singular foreign policy, but multiple foreign policies. READ MORE

Armenia concerned over Azeri appeal to UN

The Armenian government is concerned over the Upper (Nagorno) Karabakh conflict being tabled at the United Nations again. READ MORE

In Riga - a call on the baltic and nordic states for greater integration

On 27 August at the meeting of foreign ministers of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland (NB8) in Riga, head of Lithuania’s diplomacy called on the Nordic and Baltic States for greater integration. READ MORE

Europe must act on Roma expulsions, says UN racism committee

The UN’s anti-racism committee is to call on the European Union to act to improve the conditions of the Roma, in the light of France’s controversial collective deportation programme. The committee, meeting in Geneva, urged President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government to “avoid in particular collective repatriation”. READ MORE