February 2015

High level conference in Kiev marks the start of operations of NATO Contact Point Embassy

On 28 January 2015, Linas Linkevičius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, took part in the conference “NATO and Ukraine: Prospects and Opportunities” hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Kiev. The event officially launched activities of the Lithuanian Embassy as a NATO Contact Point Embassy.

Why Does Russia’s Strategy in Asia Fail?

By Petr Topychkanov

In his speech at the thirteenth annual Sochi Investment Forum last September, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced Russia’s new strategy in Asia. Three objectives are at the core of this strategy: confidence building between Russia and Asian countries, increased Russian involvement in regional affairs, and a greater focus on the Asian-Pacific states as Russia’s partners in the spheres of modern technology and finance.

Facing Difficult Choices: The South Caucasus between Russia and the European Union

By Elkhan Nuriyev

Much of what happens today in the South Caucasus resembles the turmoil of the pre-Soviet era, especially the period between the two world wars. As was the case then, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia are currently facing a daunting task: finding a way to safeguard their state sovereignty and their national security. Because of its unique geostrategic position, the region is of crucial significance for the evolution of the 21st-century world order. While competition for energy resources has always been a highly geopolitical issue, the rivalry over control and influence in the South Caucasus has taken on ideological connotations, and the region has acquired even greater strategic importance to Russia and the European Union.