July 2014

Meet the Insurgency: Inside the Liberal Take-Over of U.S. National Security

By Kevin Baron

Long before John Kerry’s Election Day defeat in 2004, his supporters had grown tired of seeing Democrats labeled the weaker party on national security. A few of them pledged never again to be branded as soft on defense. But the problem was that these inspired wonks didn’t know how to get into government, much less steer American national security and change the minds of the electorate. There is no local recruitment office for Middle East policy intellectuals like there is for the Marine Corps. The policy world seemed almost impenetrable to all but a handful of the most determined and connected.

R. Zhoshybayev: “Visa-free regime to allow to develop tourism”

The draft law that has been recently developed allows citizens from 10 countries – USA, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, UAE, Korea and Japan, are free of any visa requirements for 15 days since arriving in the country since July 15, 2014, till July 15, 2015,First Deputy of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Rapil Zhoshybayev informed at the CCS media briefing.

Why Ukraine Can't Win an All-Out Military Victory—and Shouldn't Try

By Carol Matlack

Suddenly, Ukraine’s army is winning. Over the weekend Kiev’s troops recaptured several cities in the eastern Donetsk region, sending pro-Russian rebels fleeing to strongholds further east. Now President Petro Poroshenko is planning a “complete blockade” of the region’s two other main cities, Donetsk and Luhansk, according to a Ukrainian television report that quoted the deputy head of the country’s National Defense and Security Council.

South Stream: Battle for Bulgaria

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Brussels and Moscow have started their battle for domination in European energy field with quite high stakes. By this Ukrainian GTS, as it pumps a huge share of Russian fuel to Europe, and the South Stream project are likely to become the trade subject. The Kremlin is getting ready before the final battle, recruiting European countries dependent from Russian energy supplies in the ally. Moscow splits Europe along the line of relations of individual states with Ukraine, as well as the on the issue of additional gas supplies passing Ukrainian GTS along the South Stream. Ukraine as well as the number of other countries involved into gas projects are able to become the hostages of agreements between Brussels and Moscow.

Saeima elections and Latvia’s political challenges

By Viesturs Janis Drupa

Latvians will go to the polls this coming October to elect a new 100 member Saeima, or parliament. It’s now been twentythree years since Latvia regained its independence from Russia and much has taken place since then. Probably the biggest achievements have been that the country became part of the European Union, joined NATO and converted to the euro currency. Like much of the world, it survived the recent worldwide financial crisis by the strong leadership of then-prime minister, Valdis Dombrovskis. It was Dombrovskis’ government that adopted an unpopular austere economic policy, and it was that policy that led Latvia out of its economic crises.

Is Georgia getting closer to the EU, but farther from NATO?

By Giorgi Menabde

On June 27, Georgian Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili signed a historic Association Agreement between Georgia and the European Union (EU). People in Tbilisi celebrated this event as a national holiday. Political forces in the country unanimously agree on the necessity and benefits of association with the EU in terms of further development of the country and bringing its institutions closer to European standards.

Interrupted “Stream”

By Svetlana Samoylova

The situation around the South Stream project remains to be controversial. After declarative freezing of the project by Bulgaria the gas pipeline construction was supported by Austria, and soon by Hungary. As Hungarian Prime Minister  Viktor Orban stated, “the one who said that we shouldn’t construct the South Stream should offer us an alternative way of our living without energy”, reports Freedom Radio. Simultaneously quite unclear was the idea of the Ambassador of Italy to Russia Cesare Maria Ragaglini. And it is the line of Italy, which is undertaking Chairmanship in the EU, to influence the situation greatly.

Remembering Georgia's Shevardnadze

Eduard Shevardnadze, the last foreign minister of the Soviet Union and onetime president of Georgia, died Monday. Shevardnadze had not been active in politics since his ouster as president during the Rose Revolution in 2003. However, his time in politics marks two critical periods of transition in geopolitics and the world: the end of the Cold War and the restart of the U.S.-Russian struggle.