Polish and Kazakh presidents discuss bilateral relations

Polish President Andrzej Duda met his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Warsaw on Monday to discuss economic cooperation and the Eastern policy. READ MORE

Iran's priority: gas export or fields re-injection

By Dalga Khatinoglu

At least 24 Iranian oil fields, which share above 80 percent of the country's total crude oil output, have been needing gas re-injection since the beginning of Islamic Republic, 1979, but the re-injection amount was far below the demand. READ MORE

Baltic and Nordic Foreign Ministers to meet in Riga

On 25-26 August, Riga will host the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic and Nordic countries in the NB8 format. Latvia will welcome the region’s representatives as the country coordinating the NB8 cooperation in 2016. The programme includes a reflection on cooperation in the region over the 25 years since the Baltic States regained their independence and a discussion on current developments in Europe as well as security issues in the region and beyond. READ MORE

Spain's Rajoy takes “decisive step” to form government

Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Thursday, August 18 he had taken a "decisive step" towards forming a government by agreeing to a pact with a smaller rival, but still lacks the majority he needs for a second term. READ MORE

Aftermath of Coup Underscores Differences in Turkish and Western Perspe

By Emiliano Alessandri

Turkey’s failed coup and the ensuing repression have brought to the surface a difference in perspectives between Western elites and their western-oriented counterparts in Turkey – perhaps even a fundamental difference in mindsets. Recent years had seen voices on both sides that seemed to find common ground, sharing concerns about both Turkey’s troubled foreign relations and the growing polarization and majoritarian tendencies of its domestic politics. These developments call for a sober reevaluation of the conventional wisdom that Turkish and Western perspectives were in fact drawing closer.  READ MORE

Eurasia's Integration: North-South Corridor May Soon Replace Suez Canal

In addition to the China-led New Silk Road, Eurasian players are boosting the development of the North-South International Transport Corridor which aims to connect South Asian countries with North and Western Europe. Remarkably, Russia is regarded as the backbone of the two projects. READ MORE

Ashgabat, Beijing mull regional security

Turkmenistan and China held bilateral political consultations in Ashgabat, said the Turkmen Foreign Ministry in a message . READ MORE

Is Nord Stream II dead?


On 12 August, the five Western firms which had planned to build the Nord Stream II gas pipeline from Russia to Germany pulled out of a joint venture with Russia’s Gazprom putting the project in doubt. READ MORE

Spotlight: China-Kazakhstan cooperation projects set example for "Belt-Road" countries

Over the past three years, China-Kazakhstan cooperation projects within the framework of the "Belt-Road" Initiative have yielded early fruits, setting an example to other countries along the Belt and the Road. READ MORE

NATO-Russia Post-Warsaw Summit: Towards A Conversation that Matters?

By Isabelle Francois

At their July 2016 Summit meeting in Warsaw, NATO Heads of State and Government declared their readiness to meet security challenges originating from east and south through deterrence and defence with the appropriate mix of nuclear, conventional and missile defence capabilities. This translated into decisions to enhance the allied presence in the eastern part of Alliance territory, while affirming readiness for a meaningful dialogue with Russia. Moscow, through various declarations over recent months, has also showed interest in preserving the option of dialogue, while preparing to deploy radars on the Baltic and Black Sea coasts. The post-Summit question, however, remains what type of dialogue are NATO and Russia likely to nurture? READ MORE

August 2016