April 2016

Russia Alters Geopolitical Balance in South Caucasus With New Energy Project

By Vasili Rukhadze

On April 13, the energy ministers of Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Iran met in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, where they agreed to create a single, common electricity market among these countries. For this purpose, bilateral Russia-Georgia, Armenia-Georgia, and Armenia-Iran projects are being planned to expand the capabilities of the four neighbors’ energy systems (News.am, April 13).

Kazakhstan: An exemplary non-nuclear-weapon state

By Gülay MUTLU & John DYKES

On April 5, 2009 in the Czech capital of Prague US President Barack Obama declared to the world “America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons”. This unprecedented speech by an American head of state sparked a wave of enthusiasm among peoples and governments that had long urged the world’s internationally condoned nuclear-weapon powers (the US, Russia, France, Great Britain, and China) and the international community at large to step up their efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear materials and weapons across the globe as well as to pursue concrete steps towards worldwide nuclear disarmament. 

Georgia—Waiting for NATO, Waiting for the EU

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By JUDY DEMPSEY

The notion of a Europe whole and united hardly got a look-in at this year’s Globsec forum of foreign and security policy experts in Bratislava. Yet becoming part of the Euro-Atlantic structures of NATO and the EU is key to Georgia’s future direction and stability. Since 2012, when the Georgian Dream coalition defeated the party led by then president Mikheil Saakashvili, reforms have lost their momentum, stagnation has set in, and corruption and nepotism have been on the rise, according to a new report by the Center for Eastern Studies. There are disagreements too about Georgia’s relations with Russia.

The President: Lithuania and Germany are close as never before

Wednesday, April 20, Berlin – President Dalia Grybauskaitė, currently on a state visit to Germany, met with German President Joachim Gauck to discuss the deepening of bilateral relations, new prospects for cooperation, the threat posed by Russia’s aggressive and provocative behavior and propaganda, as well as a joint response to security challenges. The Presidents of Lithuania and Germany also emphasized the importance of preserving European values and support for the Ukrainian people. 

SCO member states' statement circulated as an official document of UN session

The permanent mission of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United Nations on behalf of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization sent to the Special session of the UN General Assembly, which began its work on 19 April 2016 in the city of New York, the text of the statement of member states on the world drug problem.