August 2014

Interview with sanctions expert David Lektzian: on the impact of sanctions, crisis in Ukraine and economic confrontation between West and Russia

By Rimvydas Ragauskas

David Lektzian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at TexasTechUniversity. His research interests are focused on the use of economic sanctions. His articles appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, etc. David Lektzian spent 2014 spring semester at the Institute for International Relations and Political Science (Vilnius) where he was teaching a course on trade, conflict, and economic statecraft.

Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Habitual Challenges and New Opportunities

By Eugenia Kazakova

We met with Vitaly Vorobyov, SCO Advisor and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, to discuss the potential of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in resolving problems of regional security, its role in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of ISAF, the Silk Way project initiated by China, Russia's future SCO presidency and many other issues.

LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF INDEPENDENCE

By Stefan Byrne

August 30, 1995 adopted the first Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In a short historical period, the country has gained a strong statehood and real independence. Today, the country's basic law is the guarantor of equal rights and opportunities for all people of Kazakhstan, taking into account the interests of the multinational people.