Terrorism and the Taliban

By Munir Akram

The cold-blooded shooting of Malala Yousufzai, the girls’ rights activist, by a Taliban hit man has led to an unusual outcry in Pakistan against this “bestial”, “obscene” and “horrendous” act of terrorism. This commendable popular revulsion, emanating from religious and political parties, as well as the military leadership, can crystallise effective action against the perpetrators of terrorist violence in Pakistan. READ MORE

China Steps Up Rhetoric against U.S. Missile Defense

By Richard Weitz

Chinese officials are becoming increasingly vocal about U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) developments in the Asia-Pacific region as well as the newly elevated U.S. security profile in their region resulting from the U.S. “rebalancing” toward the Asia-Pacific region. READ MORE

Russia and the USA Enhance Their Presence in Central Asia


By Arthur Dunn

Lately Russia has evidently given special focus to Central Asia. On September 19th-20th Vladimir Putin paid a visit to Kyrgyzstan, and October 4th-5th – Dushanbe. The agreements signed in course of these visits should assure stable military presence of Russia in Central Asia region for 20-30 years. On this ground the experts made a conclusion that the balance in the region established between the world powers gradually, but persistently leans to Moscow, especially at the background of withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan. READ MORE

At least six non-NATO countries have agreed to support Alliance’s new mission in Afghanistan since 2015


NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen reaffirmed a new NATO led mission in Afghanistan beginning in 2015, reported Silk Road Newsline. READ MORE

Kazakh President to visit Czech Republic

Czech politicians, scientists and economists refer to Kazakhstan as a country of great opportunities, where they can reach the most ambitious goals. READ MORE

Kazakhstan and Austria to hold business forum in Vienna

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev will pay an official visit to the Republic of Austria on 22-23 October 2012 at the invitation of his counterpart Dr. Heinz Fischer, Federal President of Austria, Kazinform has learnt from the press service of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry. READ MORE

The Emerging Doctrine of the United States

By George Friedman

Over the past weekend, rumors began to emerge that the Syrian opposition would allow elements of the al Assad regime to remain in Syria and participate in the new government. Rumors have become Syria's prime export, and as such they should not be taken too seriously. Nevertheless, what is happening in Syria is significant for a new foreign doctrine emerging in the United States -- a doctrine in which the United States does not take primary responsibility for events, but which allows regional crises to play out until a new regional balance is reached. Whether a good or bad policy -- and that is partly what the U.S. presidential race is about -- it is real, and it flows from lessons learned. READ MORE

A New Initiative to Achieve a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World


By Roman Vassilenko and Martin Sieff

The ATOM Project is a new international initiative to build global support for a permanent end to nuclear weapons testing and the total abolition of nuclear weapons. It was launched at a parliamentary assembly in Astana, Kazakhstan on August 29, 2012, the UN International Day Against Nuclear Tests, established in recognition of the closing of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site on that day in 1991 by the president of Kazakhstan. READ MORE

Escaped Mayor of Almaty Lives in Switzerland

By Eric Diehn

More often lately the characters of publications and TV-programs of the European press have been the natives from Asia. And these are not worldwide famous scientists, or actors of arts and culture, as we would like them to be. More often public tribune is occupied by personalities, talking about their complicated interrelations with authorities in their motherlands. Instead of studying culture of other people more often we go deep into dirty laundry of run-away criminals, flowing to us from the whole world. And then we talk about crisis of multiculturalism… READ MORE

Central Asia: Freedom of Foreign Policy Choice

By Mikhail Agadzhanyan

Russia can’t be neutral towards the trend of “by-pass strategy” of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, their foreign policy interests and Eurasian plans  READ MORE