Uzbek Reactions to Holbrooke Visit and US Regional Interests

By Roger Kangas, Brianne Todd

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, visited Uzbekistan as part of a tour of several Central Asian states during February 17-21. At that time, Holbrooke held talks with Uzbek President, Islam Karimov, regarding the US-led offensive in Afghanistan and related international efforts to promote regional security. READ MORE

US Lauds Ukraine's Intentions To Give Up Nuclear Stockpiles

On the first day of the nuclear summit in Washington, Ukraine announced plans to give up its highly-enriched uranium. US President Barack Obama praised the decision as the White House works toward non-proliferation. READ MORE

"Sages" on NATO Service

By George Garani

NATO New Strategic Concept should reply on a number of fundamental questions and global challenges. There are a few key directions which include stabilization of Afghanistan, involvement of Russia into mutually beneficial and mutually binding relations with Europe and extended North-Atlantic community, development of cooperation with non-governmental institutions, international organizations, cyber-threats struggling. READ MORE

Forthcoming Nato Foreign Ministers Meeting Was Discussed In Riga

On 9 April in Riga, foreign ministers of the Baltic States discussed preparations for the informal meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers on 22-23 April in Tallinn and exchanged opinions regarding NATO’s new Strategic Concept. READ MORE

Russian Mass Media Attack Bakiyev

In the past two weeks, the Russian media has fiercely criticized the Kyrgyz President, Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s, regime. Newspapers and TV programs have sought to reveal the president’s corruption and nepotism, with some newspapers alleging the regime’s involvement in the killing of journalist Gennady Pavluk last December. The role of the president’s son, Maksim, in corruption was also scrutinized. READ MORE

Poland in shock over President Kaczynski’s death

By Rafael Kiepuszewski

Poles were left in shock and grief Saturday after President Lech Kaczynski's death in a plane crash that killed at least 95 people, including dozens of high-ranking Polish politicians and officials. READ MORE

Bakiyev: Falling into the same trap

By Dmitry Babich

The rapid downfall of Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev came as a surprise for political analysts. Only four days previously he met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in Bishkek. Not a single analytical centre in Russia or the West predicted such a rapid turn of events. READ MORE

Nuclear posturing, Obama-style

By Charles Krauthammer

Nuclear doctrine consists of thinking the unthinkable. It involves making threats and promising retaliation that is cruel and destructive beyond imagining. But it has its purpose: to prevent war in the first place. READ MORE

Obama’s Nuclear Strategy Intended As A Message

By David E. Sanger and Thom Shanker

At the heart of President Obama’s new nuclear strategy lies a central gamble: that an aging, oversize, increasingly outmoded nuclear arsenal can be turned to the new purpose of adding leverage to the faltering effort to force Iran and North Korea to rethink the value of their nuclear programs. READ MORE

Lithuania And Poland Will Engage Actively As Strategic Partners In Shaping Common EU Energy Policy

The Presidents of Lithuania and Poland have agreed that both countries will engage more actively in shaping the common energy policy of the European Union, particularly in developing such projects of importance to both countries as electricity and gas connections. READ MORE