July 2017

RUSSIA AND NATO: A PARADOXICAL CRISIS

By Ivan Timofeev

The Euro-Atlantic security system is a highly complex equation with many unknowns. Three years ago, it seemed that it was up to narrow specialists to solve the equation, which was of secondary importance for 21st-century Europe. Today, however, it is a crucial political factor fraught with serious risks of intentional or unintentional confrontation between Russia and the West. 

Features of nuclear development

By D. Rozanov

According to the assessment of the World Nuclear Association (WNA) and the IEA Agency for the implementation of the Paris Agreement (limiting global warming to only two degrees Celsius before 2050), the world needs to put into operation 1000 GW of nuclear power capacity for the period (until 2050). This will require the connection to the network of up to 35 new nuclear power units per year (now only 10-15 power units per year are connected). Atoms have even come up with their name for "green energy". This is nuclear energy plus renewable energy sources.

German President makes first visit to Astana, meets with Kazakh President

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier discussed bilateral political, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation July 12 in the Akorda presidential residence. It was Steinmeier’s first official visit to Kazakhstan as president and was timed to mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries this year.

Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan need to redirect investment flows as combustibles’ future spells doom

The wider Caspian region, which comprises the Caspian littoral states and the lands to their east, is sitting on a vast riches of subsoil resources of which combustibles are made to quench the world’s ever increasing thirst for energy. Those who dedicate their lives and/or cash to such resources hardly ever miss an occasion to stress the need for them, downplaying the growing importance of alternative resources, located not under but on and above the earth’s surface and being infinite.

Next rounds in the Astana process

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By A. Dunn

Following the results of the fifth round of talks in Astana, the head of the Russian delegation Alexander Lavrentiev said that the military of the three guarantor countries (Russia, Iran and Turkey) almost 100 percent agreed on de-escalation zones in Homs and East Guta, and at the level of expert working groups the process The definition of these zones has already been completed.