Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan need to redirect investment flows as combustibles’ future spells doom

The wider Caspian region, which comprises the Caspian littoral states and the lands to their east, is sitting on a vast riches of subsoil resources of which combustibles are made to quench the world’s ever increasing thirst for energy. Those who dedicate their lives and/or cash to such resources hardly ever miss an occasion to stress the need for them, downplaying the growing importance of alternative resources, located not under but on and above the earth’s surface and being infinite.

Next rounds in the Astana process


By A. Dunn

Following the results of the fifth round of talks in Astana, the head of the Russian delegation Alexander Lavrentiev said that the military of the three guarantor countries (Russia, Iran and Turkey) almost 100 percent agreed on de-escalation zones in Homs and East Guta, and at the level of expert working groups the process The definition of these zones has already been completed.

US LNG not rival to natgas from Southern Gas Corridor

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) will have a hard time competing against piped gas which will be cheaper in most cases, therefore US LNG exports will not make the Southern Corridor obsolete, Gal Luft, co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), a Washington based think tank focused on energy security, and a senior adviser to the US Energy Security Council.

Concrete work is needed for Europe’s future

President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans.  EU future and security, preparation for negotiations for the new Multiannual Financial Perspective, addressing migration challenges, protection of citizens’ rights in Brexit, ensuring the rule of law in the Community as well as other topical issues of the EU agenda were discussed at the meeting.

Revisiting the Global Order


As many analysts have observed, the Pax Americana of recent decades is on life support. After the first 150 days of Donald Trump’s “America First” – or, more accurately, “America Alone” – presidency, it seems that America’s traditional stabilizing role can no longer be viewed as a given. As the primacy of the US in the international arena – and, thus, America’s status as the world’s “indispensable nation” – erodes, other states and even non-state actors are gaining prominence. What does this mean for the so-called liberal international order?