June 2014

MOVES TO FINAL

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By Alina Kantor

Another high-profile arrests in the capital of Austria and former high official billionaire from Kazakhstan Rakhat Aliyev marked an important trend - the West has ceased to patronize the escaped criminals from the East.

Turkey's Zero-Problems Foreign Policy

By Ahmet Davutoglu

Today, Turkey has a great deal of say in the international arena. More importantly, there is a critical group of countries that lends a careful ear to Turkey's stance on a myriad of regional and international issues. At this point, the world expects great things from Turkey, and we are fully aware of our responsibility to carry out a careful foreign policy.

Food Security in Central Asia

By Eugenia Serova

Central Asia today incorporates five countries: Kazakhstan and former Soviet Central Asian republics. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, these countries went through their own individual transformations, leading to a highly diversified socio-economic picture today. One of the most acute issues countries in the modern world face today is food security.

U.S. Interests in the Eastern Mediterranean — a New Persian Gulf?

By Christina Lin

For more than two decades, the United States has taken Eastern Mediterranean maritime security for granted. But the discovery of energy sources is changing the regional security landscape, eliciting maritime competition over exclusive economic zones (EEZs) among Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey, similar to maritime competition over energy sources in the East and South China Sea. Regional actors such as Israel and Turkey are also building up their naval capabilities, with Turkey recently changing the naval balance via plans for a new aircraft carrier.

Serbia and South Stream

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By Vladimir Ninković

A number of key factors – including Gazprom’s financial situation, falling gas production and Ukraine’s changed politics – bring into question Russia’s capacity to deliver the energy security benefits promised by its deal with Serbia.

Orbán lays foundation for cheap energy tussle at EU

Orbán is convinced Brussels still wants to reverse the policy of cutting utility costs that helped the Hungarian people to clearly lower energy prices. They have been cut in two steps since the beginning of 2013 by exactly 20%. The third step will follow with a distinction this year: there was a new cost cut for natural gas prices introduced in April, making it 6.5% cheaper for private households.

NATO Defence Ministers discuss collective defence, Summit priorities

NATO Defence Ministers will review collective defence measures in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine crisis and discuss preparations for the NATO Summit in Wales, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at the start of the two-day Ministerial on Tuesday (3 June 2014). “We are facing a new security landscape because of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine”, the NATO Secretary General said. “We have already taken immediate steps. In a strong show of solidarity, every single Ally, from both sides of the Atlantic, contributes to bolstering our collective defence, including deployment of ships, aircraft and troops. It really is all for one and one for all”, Mr Fogh Rasmussen added.

Is Europe‘s energy independence from Russia possible?

By Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences

Russia‘s aggression against Ukraine made Europe consider seriously its energy independence. Most of all Europe is afraid of Moscow‘s unpredictability. Recently Russian President Vladimir Putin has been freely treating international agreements and commitments (e.g. the Budapest Memorandum signed in 1994). Therefore nobody can guarantee that in the context of sanctions to Russia Gazprom will not stop supplying gas to Europe.

The Sino-Russian gas deal

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By Gal Luft

Vladimir Putin got exactly what he wished for in his visit to Shanghai last week: a marriage agreement between his country, the world’s largest energy exporter, and China, the world’s largest energy importer, in the form of a pipeline that would run $400 billion worth of Russian gas from Siberia to northeastern China over 30 years.