Saakashvili meets Biden

By Salome Modebadze

President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili met US Vice President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington on April 14. According to information released by the Press Service of the White House and the US Embassy in Tbilisi the two sides discussed the deep friendly relations between the two nations, which are based on the principles of democracy, freedom and human rights. READ MORE

Digest Of Medvedev's Quotes At Brookings Institute In Washington, D.C.

After the end of the April 12-13 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited the Brookings Institute, a leading U.S. think tank. READ MORE

Military Dimension Of Energy Security

By Dr. Arūnas Molis

The stage of discussions among the experts preparing proposals for the NATO strategic concept has come to an end; the stage of consultations in the capitals of the Alliance states has commenced. Afterward they will have to identify the most relevant future threats, NATO‘s tasks in combating these threats and the ways for increasing the Alliance’s effectiveness etc. The decisions made will also affect the development of our national security system; therefore the ongoing discussions are instrumental for Lithuania. READ MORE

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

"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

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

Deputy Minister: Ukrainians Treated By EU Consulates As In Communist Russia

By Michael Kaczmarek

Ukrainian citizens face a "Visa Berlin Wall" when trying to enter the EU and the visa requirement procedures of European consulates are similar to those in communist Russia, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Kostyantyn Yeliseyev told in an interview. READ MORE

Ukraine scraps NATO accession plans

By Andreas Illmer

The Ukrainian president has dissolved the commission which was to work towards NATO membership. It's the latest move to abandon the pro-western stance of the 'Orange Revolution' and re-establish ties with Russia. READ MORE

Is Russia finally ditching its revisionist history on Katyn?

By Anne Applebaum

In this era of commerce and trade, it often happens that countries that might once have gone to war play out their antagonisms through other means. The immigration debate plays this role in Mexican American relations. For a time, the trade dispute over soft wood lumber (yes, really) fulfilled this function in Canadian American relations: At stake were different attitudes toward the role of government in industry, Canada's sensitivity to American economic power and many other issues, though you wouldn't know it if you weren't paying attention. READ MORE

Azerbaijan Arranges “Zurich-2” – Operation

Turkish State Minister Ali Babacan made an intriguing declaration in Brussels: "I was one of the authors of Zurich protocols signed with Armenia and there we reached a clear agreement that the Parties will discuss within historic committees the issues over the events of 1915. And we were ready to any results of these commissions activity". By this Babajan underlined, that Azerbaijan and other states were informed in details about Armenian-Turkish negotiations in Zurich: "I’ll say more, after we agreed with Armenia in Munich to sign protocols, I went not to Ankara, but to Baku, where I specified the position of Turkey on these issues to the President Ilham Aliyev". READ MORE