LEVERS OF INFLUENCE

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June 11 in Vienna next meeting to be held the countries - participants of OPEC. It to individual countries - Iraq, Libya and Iran can be formally agreed to increase their export quotas . These quotas country partially lost at different times due to several factors - the hostilities , internal conflicts , international sanctions.

Conflict in Karabakh and crude policy

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By Vladimir Kazimirov

In September 1991 Russia got down to mediation in the most complicated armed Nagorny Karabakh conflict, the first one in the USSR.  By May 12, 1994 it assisted Azerbaijan (AR), Armenia (RA) and Nagorny Karabakh (NK) to stop mass bloodshed. Severe almost three-year war ended with armistice. In half a month it is already 20th anniversary.

Central Asia and Afghanistan 2014: High-Risk Area

By Galia Ibragimova

Afghanistan’s presidential elections on April 5б 2014 did not deliver an outright winner, and the second round is scheduled for late May. Although people in Afghanistan, the adjacent regions and the wider world all cherish the hope that the future Afghan president will usher in an era of improvement and renewed development, many fear that the new leader will be no better than his predecessor, will fail to stabilize the domestic arena, where security remains the key concern. Besides, NATO is set to withdraw most of its contingent from Afghanistan by the end of this year, giving way both to fresh risks and new opportunities. These developments are closely watched by the Central Asian states, not least due to their impact on regional security.