Elections to the European Parliament: major issues and challenges

By Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences

The European Parliament (EP) is one of the EU’s main institutions; however, its authority and influence both on the EU governance structure and citizen of the EU Member States is minor. The eighth elections to EP in May of this year have already revealed Europe‘s major issues and challenges faced by parliamentism in the European Union.

Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan strengthen military-technical coop

Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are intensifying military-technical cooperation. We are interested in developing contacts both on bilateral and multilateral levels as part of the Turkic-speaking countries, in the framework of the Customs Union and other organizations, this has been said in Baku by the military attache of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Azerbaijan Almaz Bazarbayev.

In Astana, Top U.S. Diplomat Reaffirms America’s “Enduring” Commitment to Kazakhstan

By Malika Rustem

Visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns met with Kazakhstan’s top leadership on May 8 in Astana to discuss a range of bilateral and regional cooperation issues, including events in Ukraine and the situation in Afghanistan as well as Kazakhstan’s upcoming accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The key message coming out from Burns’s meetings with President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Prime Minister Karim Massimov and Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov was that both Washington and Astana are strongly interested in further expanding their strategic partnership in the long term.

Five Issues at Stake in the Arctic


By Dmitri Trenin

The Arctic is the most graphic example of climate change impacting geopolitics. A whole vast region, previously permanently icebound, is opening up for commercial navigation and energy exploration. The international community stands before a range of new opportunities, but it is also faced with a series of issues waiting to be resolved. The question now is whether these challenges will promote global cooperation or foster dangerous competition in the Arctic.