May 2015

Problem of Eastern Partnership policy as an interim station

By Justina Budžiūtė

Eastern Partnership states could be defined as the region of the EU and Russian neighbourhood, cooperation and competition. Although in 2009 it was highlighted that Eastern Partnership is not directed against Russia, that it will create the space for cooperation, that six post-Soviet countries will be invited to sign the association agreements with the EU and free trade agreements, Russia perceived this as a breach of its power in the region.  

Georgia in NATO - infinite aspirations

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By Elmira Tariverdiyeva

The story of Georgia's NATO aspirations is not a new trend. This is evidenced by both the past and the present government while the West continues giving promises to encourage and help. However, it is namely Georgia's NATO aspirations that may indirectly affect the issue of territorial integrity of the country. The regular statements of the West that it is ready to see Georgia as a member of the alliance, postpone the return of the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

There still remain circumstances in Afghanistan that could trigger a mass influx of refugees to Central Asian countries: UNHCR Regional Representative

There still remain circumstances in Afghanistan that could trigger a mass influx of refugees to the Central Asian countries. Therefore, UNHCR is closely working with the governments in the region on developing contingency plans in case of refugee influx, which will ensure that in case of emergency those who are in need of international protection will be given access to the territory and asylum procedure, Mr. Bernard Doyle, UNHCR Regional Representative and Regional Coordinator for Central Asia, told in an interview with AKIpress.