For a tantalizing two months in the spring, it looked as if Germany might actually have something like a real election this year—that is, a contest between at least two candidates with distinct policy programs that both have a chance of forming a government.
The OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek supported a one-day command-staff exercise “Issyk-Kul Anti-terror - 2017”, on September 16, conducted by the Anti-Terrorism Centre of the National Security Committee of Kyrgyzstan, in cooperation with the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan, the Interior Ministry, the Emergency Situations Ministry and local self-government bodies.
A meeting on the Iranian nuclear deal between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and foreign ministers of Six powers (Russia, the US, France, UK, China and Germany) is planned to be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
After years of heating up, the EU’s values crisis is close to boiling point. Defiance of core EU principles by the governments in Warsaw and Budapest is turning into a political crisis. The European Commission has taken legal action against both governments for violating specific EU laws and is threatening to go further on Poland. The European Parliament supports this course and is preparing further action against Hungary. But the Hungarian and Polish governments will feel the heat only if political leaders of the EU’s other member states get actively involved.
As the practice of the last quarter of the century has shown, a certain category of citizens has emerged who leave their countries, most often in their homeland, waiting for a solid term for corruption and other equally serious crimes.
Co-operation on addressing migration-related crimes needed more than ever, say participants at OSCE-supported regional seminar in Sarajevo
“Only with good regional co-operation and engagement of European security institutions we can efficiently counter this very serious form of international organised crime,” said Dragan Mektić, Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He highlighted that strengthening regional co-operation was imperative in order to prevent migration-related crimes, primarily smuggling of persons and international human trafficking. “This seminar will enable the participants to expand their focus beyond prevention and prosecution and build international network of contacts,” said Mektić.
India’s vulnerabilities over Doklam and Japan’s worry over North Korea will figure in the talks.
Describing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man” on a suicide mission, U.S. President Donald Trump used his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly to warn the Pyongyang regime that its current course could lead to total destruction.
The US has agreed to extend sanctions relief for Iran — for now. But President Donald Trump has said he will make a final decision in October on the outcome of the 2015 nuclear agreement, and critics fear the worst.
Sept. 10 in the capital featured not only the spectacular closing of EXPO 2017, a major event in Kazakh history, but also the first Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit on Science and Technology, another important opportunity for the nation and the organisation’s 57.
With the three Baltic countries yet again failing to find a common position, Lithuania is considering carrying out a key strategic energy project for synchronizing the power grid with the Western European system without Latvia and Estonia.
Mongolia recently marked the successful achievement of goals set under its Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP) with NATO.
The current development of world energy is affected by a number of differently directed factors: the depletion of some traditional deposits and the development of new, sometimes more difficult-to-reach oil shale or heavy oil deposits, efforts to build capacities for the production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and to provide transportation infrastructure. It is necessary to spend considerable funds on the development of renewable energy sources (RES), on improving technologies for extraction and processing of resources. This is taking place with the aggravation of the political situation and outbreaks of military operations in the Middle East region, which accounts for about 43% of the world's oil production. All this causes a divergence of supply and demand, a depressive state of prices, affects the structure of the existing commodity flows and their filling.
Answers as to why Russia has proposed the UN protection mission for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine are fleeting. This initiative from its outset appears to be highly questionable even without considering whatever hidden agenda the Kremlin is pursuing.
The United Nations will be hosting the annual Treaty Event next week at its Headquarters in New York, inviting Member States to sign multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General or to become parties to them by depositing instruments of ratification or accession.