July 2016

The New Impetus for Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

By Mikhail Konarovsky

The meeting of the heads of states of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states has been gaining momentum in recent years as a regional – and indeed global – discussion platform. This is testament to the growing potential and credibility of the organization. In the rapidly changing global environment, and amidst new challenges and threats, it is imperative that the SCO develop a coordinated position on the key issues of security and international development, not only so that it can determine its own activities going forward, but also in the context of the entire Eurasian space.

Who today is responsible for the information support oligarch Ablyazov?

By Alina Kantor

The obvious lies to discredit opponents easily read by many of today's media. But in most cases this does not entail any legal consequences. And some, learning democracy in a number of Western countries, meanwhile, accused the same country in the absence of democracy. For example, the right to enter Paris and London as they need to understand human rights, in particular, their venality in the context of the fate of the fugitive oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov from Kazakhstan. So some Petrushova was seen in the media of their hyperactivity. Moreover, included in this process, violating all possible norms of journalistic ethics, blatantly distorting the facts, exposing judges whether as bribes, or simply stupid people are not capable of critical thinking.

All Not Quiet on NATO’s Eastern Front

By ANDREW MICHTA

The last NATO summit, in Wales in 2014, was defined by the recognition that with Russia having just seized Crimea and expanded war into Ukraine, the post–Cold War security regime in Europe was effectively being dismantled. Moscow was redrawing borders in Eastern Europe while accelerating its military modernization and pushing for a sphere of privileged interest along its periphery. Since then, the Baltic states, Poland, and Romania have called for NATO to return the alliance to its traditional collective territorial defense function, asking that permanent U.S. bases be established on their territories as a means to strengthen deterrence.

Azerbaijan and the Four Day War: Breaking the Karabakh Deadlock

By Murad Gassanly

More than two months have now passed since the worst outbreak of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno Karabakh region in over 20 years. The fighting erupted on April 2nd and continued until the ceasefire agreement was signed by the Chiefs of Staff of Armenia and Azerbaijan at a meeting in Moscow on April 5th, after an intense Russian-led mediation effort. The Four Day War, as it came to be known, claimed over a hundred lives (although the casualty figures are still being disputed) and raised fears of a wider military conflict in the region (1, 2). Indeed, in an interview with Bloomberg on April 24th, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan went as far as to claim that a full-scale war could “break out at any moment”.