Archive - Feb 2013


February 15th

Russia Eyes Stronger Economic Engagement with Central Asia


By Sergei Blagov

Russian authorities reiterated, on January 22, pledges of increased economic engagement with Central Asia. The foreign ministry advocated plans to develop economic and trade ties with the region, while other officials urged the creation of a Russian state corporation that would encourage economic development there (Regnum, January 22). READ MORE

“Black Stalkers” Intensifying in Central Asia

By Alina Kantor

In recent years the number of local conflicts has increased in the world. Total redistribution of property is taking place. Whole countries and peoples are being involved into the game of survival, the main prize of which is resources. This process is accompanied with revolutions and ends as a rule with occurrence of a puppet government. READ MORE

February 13th

Nuclear triangle in the Baltic Region and energy alternatives


At the end of the last year the Centre for Geopolitical Studies organised an international conference „Nuclear Energy Triangle: Regional and Global Challenges of Nuclear Power“. The focus during the conference was given to the Lithuanian, Russian and Belarusian NPP projects, their economic feasibility and geopolitical implications.   READ MORE

Lithuania's ties with Poland getting back on track, says foreign minister after apologizing for MPs voting down name-spelling law

Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said during a visit in Poland that bilateral dialogue between the two neighboring states was getting "back on track." READ MORE

Washington Shall Chose Stability

By Nikolay Pakhomov

Yet some time ago American political analysts and reporters actively discussed the “Arab Spring” and in these discussions the case was more about that the “Spring: has turned into “winter”, and hopes for rapid establishment in Near East of democracy and the triumph of human rights haven’t come true. Now this discussion is gradually ceasing – it seems that liberal dreamers recognize that there is nothing to hope for. READ MORE

Something About CU

By Mark Rubin

Many countries consider the Customs Union (CU) of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus as a "plum", the place where you can deliver the goods as well as export raw materials from it. Taking into account the new tariff rates of this "triple" the last option is much more profitable. Integration association that was set up in record short time, learns the lessons of the EU, and therefore, following the beaten track, is developing a tremendous success. READ MORE

February 11th

Serbia's Dacic Fesses Up To Meeting Suspected Narco Clan

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic is under fire after acknowledging that he met with a reputed member of a narco clan thought to be led by Serbia's most-wanted fugitive.  READ MORE

''NATO after ISAF – Staying Successful Together''


Remarks by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Munich Security Conference. READ MORE

China welcomes Turkish bid for SCO membership

By Sman Erol

Turkey's aspirations for membership in the Russian and Chinese-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) might materialize as the organization moves towards admitting new members, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a special talk with Today's Zaman. READ MORE

Hold the line on defence spending, Secretary General urges


Allies should hold the line on defence spending and look for ways to close the gaps in their capabilities, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said as he launched his second Annual Report on 31 January 2013. READ MORE