August 2014

Rogun Dam Studies Set the Scene for Further Disputes Among Central Asian Countries

By Umida Hashimova

Last month (July 2014), a World Bank assessment explicitly approved the technical, economic and social aspects of the construction of the planned Rogun hydropower plant (Rogun HPP). The conclusions vindicate Tajikistan, which has hoped to build this hydroelectric dam for years. Uzbekistan, on the other hand, long an opponent of the Rogun HPP, expressed strong dissatisfaction, leaving the dispute among these two countries unresolved. Following the World Bank report, Russia, which disapproved of the project in 2009, this time expressed its support, bringing itself back into the picture while further complicating the regional conflict over water use (World Bank, July 14–18).

Peace and stability of Kazakhstan - extrinsic value in the midst of conflicts in many parts of the globe, Ambassador Mojtaba Damirchilu

 In May Tehran posted H.E. Mojtaba Damirchilu as the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iran to Kazakhstan. Mojtaba Damirchilu replaced outgoing ambassador Gorban Seifi. In his exclusive interview to Kazinform International News Agency the new head of the Iranian diplomatic mission talked about his goals as well as state and prospects of relations between Kazakhstan and Iran.

Old Europe: nothing new

By Vadim Volovoj

The West tries to reach an agreement on stricter sanctions on Russia, but the Americans do not want to act unilaterally and seek support from the EU. For that it is first of all necessary to get consent of Germany and France; in case of success, it would be easier to convince the British.

Military Development in Transcaucasia: an Arms Race?

By Andrey Frolov

Since late 1980s, Transcaucasia, the region covering Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia, has intermittently been the focal point of flashpoints and low-intensity conflicts, some between the countries themselves (all of which have at times participated in combat). The latest hot conflict dates back to 2008, when Georgia attempted to restore control over South Ossetia, in turn facing a military response from Russia. And who can forget the frozen conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorny Karabakh.    

Ukraine – Major USA Non-NATO Ally?

By Sergey Slobodchuk

The status of the “major USA non-NATO Ally” for Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova has been the informational fake No. 1 lately. Despite the reports of a number of Mass Media yet it is the status of ally is out of question. The US Congress web-site confirms that starting from May 1st, when the Republican Senator Bob Corker together with 26 co-authors registered the project S.2277 officially named Russian Aggression Prevention Act, the situation has not promoted at all: no amendments, no votings.

Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014: Ramifications for the South Caucasus

By Zaur Shiriyev

With the implementation of new Western sanctions against Russia as a result of the continued instability in eastern Ukraine, the other post-Soviet countries are closely monitoring foreign policy developments inside the United States. The rapidly cooling relations between Washington and Moscow were most recently borne out in the bill proposed by Robert Corker, the ranking Republican on the Senate foreign relations committee (congress.gov, May 1). If it passes into law, Senator Corker’s bill—the “Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014”—could precipitate a distinctive, new US approach toward Russia and the wider post-Soviet space.