Discussions at the final roundtable of the inaugural Central Asia Security Innovation Conference at the Library of the First President in Astana Dec. 9 highlighted the importance of preparedness, communication and cooperation in dealing with security and other issues, with speakers placing particular emphasis on the need for more conversation between Central Asian states.
Delegates at a United Nations-sponsored conference in Paris have adopted a global pact to reduce climate change.
During its Dec. 7 plenary session, the United Nations General Assembly (GA) approved the Universal Declaration for the Achievement of a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World put forward by Kazakhstan and co-sponsored by 35 countries.
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NATO Foreign Ministers decided on Wednesday (2 December 2015) to invite Montenegro to start accession talks to become the 29th member of the Alliance. Secretary General hailed the decision as “historic.” He said; “this is a good day for Montenegro, a good day for the Western Balkans and a good day for the Alliance.”
In early November, Central Asia played host to an unusual guest to the region, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The purpose of his visit was to conduct bilateral discussions with senior government leaders in each Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan. It should be noted that this was the first visit by a U.S. Secretary of State to all five Central Asian republics at the same time, and the first visit of Kerry to Central Asia as Secretary of State. Kerry started his visit in Bishkek, and continued to Samarkand, Astana, and Ashgabat before finally concluding his trip in Dushanbe.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said there is no reason to leave the country’s past nuclear issues dossier open.
Russia does not plan to expand its economic sanctions against Turkey, but is unlikely to restore visa-free travel for Turkish citizens any time soon, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said in an interview published Monday.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed redesigning of Arak heavy water reactor during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.
Estonia’s Foreign Minister, Marina Kaljurand, believes Estonia and Russia should cooperate where possible.
Poland may have to take in 1,800 more refugees than agreed under a new EU plan to lighten the burden on Sweden, struggling to cope with an influx of asylum seekers, Rzeczpospolita reported.
Iran has boosted its gas flow to neighboring Turkey after a period of low supply.
One of the hallmarks of the Kazakh leader's speech is called the absence of excessive optimism and realistic view of things. Now the world is changing rapidly, Nursultan Nazarbayev noted. Right in front of our eyes, a new global reality with different opportunities and risks is taking shape.
Believe it or not, hair-trigger launch alerts are still with us—and perhaps even more dangerous than during the Cold War.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said during a visit to Kyiv on Monday that Washington remained committed to its demands for Russia to adhere to a shaky Ukrainian peace agreement and hand back Crimea to Kyiv.