March 2014

Russia’s Nuclear Strategy in Northeast Asia

By Alexei Fenenko, PhD in History, RAS Institute of International Security Problems

Northeast Asia is one of the most important regions in modern global nuclear policy. It is home to three legal nuclear powers (the United States, Russia and China), one illegal nuclear power (North Korea), and countries with a closed nuclear fuel cycle and developed civil nuclear power (Japan and South Korea). This makes Northeast Asia a region of crucial significance for Russia's nuclear strategy.

Options sanctions of the West against Russia

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Issue of sanctions the West against Russia goes into action: U.S. White House announced that stops receiving applications for visas from official and individuals who are responsible for "destroying the integrity of Ukraine." From Russia requires reducing military presence in Crimea to 11 thousand military units and unlocking Peninsula. Discusses options for sanctions against Russian business tools to lower world prices for oil and gas. EU froze negotiations on an agreement on strategic partnership and also imposed visa restrictions. SF in response to discussing the possibility of freezing the assets of Western companies in Russia. Unpleasant but not fatal for Russia would stall the G8 summit in Sochi Russia and anticipated elimination of the "Big Eight". 

How Central is Central Asia?

By Michał Romanowski

As illustrated by recent events in Ukraine, the post-Soviet space is still undergoing significant economic and political transformations. After the Soviet Union collapsed, the world welcomed 15 new sovereign states. Each of them chose a different path, some of which led to democracy and others that went astray.

Ashton testing water in Iran

By Dalga Khatinoglu

Before diving in depth of the Iran-Six powers nuclear negotiations to achieve the final accord, it seems that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is testing the water during her visit to Iran by meeting with the country's several powerful wings, including Iranian hard-liners.

Caspian Route of Kazakhstani Oil

The idea of Transcaspian oil pipeline Aktau-Baku construction occurred in the mid of 90-s of the past century and Is directly connected with promotion of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan project. The initiators of the project considered that connection to Kazakhstani oil would allow the maximum load for exporting oil pipeline and enhance the involvement of Kazakhstan into Caspian hydrocarbons transportation. Initially the plans suggested finalization of the pipeline construction by 2003-2004.

Abkhaz cost of Russian Protectorate

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By Vladimir Kravchenko

If as a result of the nation-wide referendum of the multi-national Crimean people it shall become independent, than investments shall flow generously into the free Crimea. And not only from Russia. Russian tourists will flow. First of all, it is a tradition, second – it shall be popular. A “Cabin in Crimea” shall become the dream of all prosperous Russians, land lots and realty estate costs shall jump up. Generally speaking, Crimean people will have a good opportunity to make some extra money.