New border controls in the western Balkans are leaving migrants stranded behind barbed wire as temperatures start to plunge, and aid agencies warned on Friday that the clampdown would lead to a rise in smuggling.
In late September, the Russian air force delivered the first air strikes on the positions of the so-called “IS” (“DAISH”) in Syria. The main goal - to destroy arms depots, training camps, and supply channels of weapons to the terrorists.
It is difficult to underestimate the impact of a new James Bond movie on the British psyche. The films, released now at three- or four-year intervals, give the fleeting sense that Britain still matters on the world stage. Yet Bond has long reflected something of a geopolitical fantasy; his enduring appeal based in part on his inverse relationship with British power. In 1962 — the year that saw the release of Dr. No, the first movie in the Bond franchise — former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson declared that Great Britain had lost an empire and not yet found a role. Double O Seven’s derring-do in the 1960s and 1970s deflected from Britain’s intelligence embarrassments, including revelations about the Cambridge Five spy ring, which passed Western intelligence onto the Soviet Union. But the fiction became more untenable with time. The idea that a post-Cold War Britain, with its dwindling diplomatic, military, and broadcast budgets, could avert war on the Korean peninsula (as in Die Another Day) or prevent a water crisis in Bolivia (as in Quantum of Solace) was patently absurd.
It is a sign of Central Asia's and Kazakhstan's increasing role and importance in the world that more and more is written about our region. But what is striking - and at times frustrating - is how reporting and analysis can be distorted to fit narratives which have little relationship to what's actually happening.
Brussels' terrorism alert has been raised to the highest level after "precise information" of an attack risk, the Belgian prime minister has said. Public buildings have been asked to close.
The Caspian-littoral countries will work together on the problem of reducing the Caspian Sea level, Khosro Saraei, the director general of Transit and Tariffs Office at the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization.
The European Commission adopted a list of 195 key energy infrastructure projects, known as projects of common interest (PCIs) .
With Russia’s military invasion and annexation of Crimea, and the subsequent war in eastern Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin has made it abundantly clear that he has no intention of respecting the inviolability of borders and the primacy of international legal norms. It is time for Europeans to end their wishful thinking of a continental order determined by the rule of law. The world, unfortunately, isn’t like that. It is much harder, and power rules.
On Friday, November 20, at 11:00 a.m., President Dalia Grybauskaitė will meet with Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis and Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves at the Palanga Amber Museum.
Over the past two years, the political dynamics in the Greater Caucasus region (the North Caucasian republics within the Russian Federation and countries of Transcaucasia) has been overshadowed by developments in Ukraine and the Middle East.
For centuries, the rule of thumb in trade was that land divides, water unites. It took years and gradually months to follow an overland trading route from Europe to China, as opposed to months and eventually weeks by boat. But speed-trains are changing the global logistics map. These speed train connections are the “hardware” of the overland Silk Path road project that connects Europe to China.
As the rotating president and host of the summit, Turkey has made giving a voice to developing countries and emerging markets its main priority on the agenda of its presidency and is looking to reform global governance to provide more inclusiveness in the market
The US invasion in 2001, the first phase has been very successful. And not because Americans have a weird military capabilities.
More than 150,000 people made the journey from Turkey to Greece in October, bringing the total arriving on Greek islands in the January-October period to more than 540,000, the EUropean Union's border
Keeping global temperatures from rising by more than two degrees will cost a lot, but the world’s poorest countries should not have to suffer in order for the bill to be paid, writes Lies Craeynest.