July 2016

Steinmeier’s Tragic Dance Around the Issues

By JAN TECHAU

For people outside Germany, the country’s pains at growing up as a foreign policy power often look wondrous and slightly bizarre—so morally charged is every debate, so infused with self-doubt, and often so faraway from the strategic realities of the day. Much ink has been spilled over this subject, but some particularly important ink has just been added to this ocean of pondering.

EU provides bilateral support to education reforms in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan

The areas of education, the rule of law and the environment have been given particular attention in the EU Strategy for Central Asia. The EU wants to reinforce its common action in those fields and intensify interaction between experts through existing platforms and projects, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said.

Berlin Eurasian Club Conference Seeks Ways to Bring EAEU, EU Together

Kazakh officials asked for German support in bringing the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the EU together at the July 15 meeting of the Berlin Eurasian Club dedicated to that topic. The meeting was organised by the Institute of World Economics and Politics, supported by the Library of the First President of Kazakhstan, and attended by prominent representatives of Kazakh and German political, business and expert circles.

PROCESS MODERNIZATION ENERGY CHARTER

By Daniel Rozanov

Between 2009 and 2012 it became clear that the development of the organization and expansion of cooperation in the energy sector needs a new impetus. a number of innovations has been introduced, as well as embarked on reshaping the Energy Charter of the regional organization in the world of energy management. In this regard it should be noted that the Russian Federation has repeatedly stated the need to modernize the Energy Charter Treaty, while Western partners were in favor of the process of modernization of the Energy Charter.

Keeping NATO Relevant and United

Despite all the unsettling news coming out of Europe, not least Britain’s divorce from the common market, one traditional trans-Atlantic alliance remains essentially intact: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization. At its latest summit meeting in Warsaw, NATO did what it had to do to stay relevant and reasonably united. “We’re moving forward with the most significant reinforcement of collective defense any time since the Cold War,” was the way President Obama summed things up.

Did Obama get Erdogan wrong?

By MICHAEL CROWLEY

A few months before Friday’s attempted coup in Turkey, pro-government media outlets there published reports that the United States was actively plotting to depose Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Things came to a head at a State Department briefing in late March, when a Turkish reporter confronted spokesman John Kirby with the rumor: “Does the U.S. government try to overthrow the Erdogan government?” he asked.