August 2014

Azerbaijan Strengthens Its Cooperation With NATO

By Leyla Aslanova

As Azerbaijan begins its fourth Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) cycle with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), tensions are on the rise with its neighbor Armenia over the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Karabakh, occupied by Armenian forces. The latest serious armed confrontations began on July 30, 2014 (see EDM, August 7)—the most serious violence since the ceasefire agreement was reached in May 1994. The increase in violent clashes could spark a new wide-scale conflict in the region. But it also suggests that Russia may be intentionally inciting provocations by ordering Armenia to make trouble in Karabakh to help further President Vladimir Putin’s regional ambitions.

RISK FOR EURASIAN INTEGRATION

The situation in Ukraine is still the center of attention of the world community. Political life of the country rages: against the military operation in the Southeast intensified political struggle in Kiev elite are preparing for early elections to the parliament, and the government was in "limbo" state after the collapse of the parliamentary coalition. Nor should we ignore the external factors - the policy of Washington and Moscow. 

SPANISH STUMPED FOR ASSISTANT OLIGARCH

By Antonio Alonso

Spain is among the countries in which the refuge people suspected of crimes. Among these people refugee from Kazakhstan Alexander Pavlov. The purpose of unfolding in some of the media campaign in his defense to prove that he is not a common criminal, but a victim of political repression at home. Attention of the media to this person in many ways provide some organizations and foundations, such as "Open dialogue." 

U.S. transit is beneficial for Lithuania

President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with General Paul J. Selva, Commander of U.S. Transportation Command of the Department of Defense (USTRANSCOM). The President and the General discussed military cooperation between Lithuania and the United States of America as well as prospects for using Klaipėda Seaport and other infrastructure in Lithuania for the transportation of military and commercial cargoes of NATO allies.

POWER FACTOR IN IRAN POLICY

By Arthur Dunn

Iran in a relatively short period of time managed to create one of the strongest armed forces in the Middle East, including its nuclear missile program. In these circumstances, it is particularly important defense capabilities and the ability to use it. Iran remains one of the most closed countries in the world. All operation of the military-political and other structures Iran is under strict control and clerical circles aimed at ensuring the survival of the ruling regime.

Turkey's Geographical Ambition

By Robert D. Kaplan and Reva Bhalla

At a time when Europe and other parts of the world are governed by forgettable mediocrities, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister for a decade now, seethes with ambition. Perhaps the only other leader of a major world nation who emanates such a dynamic force field around him is Russia's Vladimir Putin, with whom the West is also supremely uncomfortable.

China’s Victory in Ukraine

For a generation, relations between the United States and Russia were essentially about history. Since the Cold War’s end, Russia had become increasingly peripheral to the US and much of the rest of the world, its international importance and power seemingly consigned to the past. That era has now ended.