March 2015

New strategic priorities and opportunities of investment and trade cooperation with Switzerland

The Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Swiss Confederation in cooperation with the Delegation of German economy to Central Asia and the Joint Chamber of Commerce "Switzerland - CIS" with support of the ABB Group on March 18th, 2015 in Zurich organized a round table "Kazakhstan today: the new strategic priorities and opportunities for investment and trade cooperation with Switzerland", Foreign Ministry informs. The event was attended by the representatives of the Swiss business circles, interested in expanding partnerships and entering new markets.

NATO and Moldova discuss ways to strengthen partnership

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Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Moldovan Prime Minister Chiril Gaburici to NATO on Monday (16 March 2015) for talks on strengthening the partnership between the Alliance and Chișinău. Calling Moldova “a valued NATO partner”, the Secretary General underlined that “all NATO Allies support Moldova’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, and respect its constitutional neutrality.”

Estonia Hopes to Increase Cooperation in Transit, Technology, Education

By Michelle Witte

As NATO Contact Point in Kazakhstan, Ambassador of Estonia Jaan Reinhold hopes to share the values of the alliance in the country; bilaterally, the ambassador is hoping to see an increase in educational, technological and scientific exchanges during his mission here, as well increase agricultural and transit cooperation.

Views of China on Strategic Partnership with Russia

By Viktor Gavrilov

To the mind of western analysts China has experienced the evolution of views from ideological concerns regarding “capitalization” of Russia and its possible anti-China politics to revolutionary idealism, when the options for cooperation within Russian-Chinese relations were reevaluated. In particular, in connection with the “kinky” policy of Russia in relation to the oil line piping in the Far East region China noted that Russia distrusts its policy in strategy. Before the coming of Hu Jintau Chinese Government had eventually balanced its views on its national interests and the need to regulate its relations with Russia.

Europe’s Fight against ISIS: A New Security Leadership?

By Derek Chollet, Steven Keil

 Late last month, the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle steamed into the Persian Gulf to join the fight against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). While little noticed in the United States, the de Gaulle’s arrival significantly enhances what France is bringing to the fight. Already a key contributor to the anti-ISIS coalition, France’s carrier-based operations will significantly reduce the flight time of aircraft striking targets in Iraq. When the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Martin Dempsey, visited the carrier with his French counterpart last week, French officials said that as many as 15 Rafale fighter jets take off from the de Gaulle each day to conduct combat missions.