August 2014

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.

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.