EU CENTRAL ASIA STRATEGY

Memorandum on Syria de-escalation zones signed in Astana 

The two-day talks in Astana ended with signing the memorandum on establishment of de-escalation zones in Syria. The document was signed by the guarantor states - Russia, Iran and Turkey. “In the past two days, the participants of the Astana Process have reviewed the implementation of the ceasefire regime agreements. As a result, the guarantor states agreed to sign the memorandum on establishment of the de-escalation zones in Syria,

A feeling that the political system of Europe has finally departed from democratic values  

By Alina Kantor

With the beginning of the court in Kazakhstan on the embezzlement case from BTA Bank, the main person involved in the criminal case - Mukhtar Ablyazov was again activated in the political field of Europe and the Internet. The former chairman of the bank's board of directors, accused of fraud for more than $ 7.5 billion, bribes the deputies of the European Parliament.

Can China solve Central Asia’s impending water crisis?

By Zhang Hongzhou

China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative has become a major foreign policy priority. The land-based Silk Road Economic Belt aims to expand China’s economic connections and political influence across much of Eurasia through vast infrastructure and investment schemes, potentially involving over 40 countries. But reviving the ancient Silk Road will not be easy. Water conflicts, as elsewhere, are top on the list of potential challenges.