August 2017

The Middle East for Russia and the EU: Bone of Contention or Cause for Peace?

By Natalia Evtikhevich, PhD in Political Science, RIAC Program Manager

When the two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of the United States Donald Trump discussed, among other things, the issue of establishing and enforcing the ceasefire in Syria, which came into being on July 9, 2017.

Visit by Chief of the Italian Defence General Staff in Vilnius underlined the shared approach of Italy and Lithuania to security and collective defence

On August 8-9 Chief of the Italian Defence General Staff General Claudio Graziano and a delegation conducted a working visit in Lithuania. Today the guest met with Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas and Vice Foreign Minister Darius Skusevičius.

Pictures from the exhibition "Energy of the Future" in Astana

By A.Dunn

EXPO in Kazakhstan started on June 10 and will last until September 10. The theme of this year's exhibition is devoted to the effective use of the energy of the future. Researchers unanimously affirm that society must move to search for alternative energy. Scientists talk about the extraction of energy from underwater ocean currents, waves and ... cosmic dust. And all this with the help of modern technologies, which, for 1 minute, allow to generate from the same solar power station (with an area of ​​10 to 10 meters) the same amount of electricity as a modern nuclear power plant.

Opinion: Carla Del Ponte's resignation - politically shortsighted and naive

Carla Del Ponte was full of enthusiasm when she was appointed to the United Nations Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) three-person Commission of Inquiry on Syria in September of 2012. Now she is leaving the commission in frustration. And that with a rationale that is not only partial flawed, but also one that is politically shortsighted and astonishingly naive.

Kazakhstan gets sea access using Chinese logistics centres

An initiative announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, One Belt, One Road is aimed at reviving and boosting cooperation between countries that once laid along the Silk Way route linking Asia and Europe.

An initiative announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, One Belt, One Road is aimed at reviving and boosting cooperation between countries that once laid along the Silk Way route linking Asia and Europe.