Uzbekistan’s New President Focuses on Improving Regional Relations

By Umida Hashimova

The fifth presidential election in the history of independent Uzbekistan on December 4 has ended with a definite win for Shavkat Mirziyaev, previously the country’s prime minister for 13 years under the late Islam Karimov. As Uzbekistan enters its post-Karimov era, it is important to examine the new president’s foreign policy priorities.

Hope for confidential dialogue in Astana


 By Arthur Dunn

The Syrian conflict, it seems, has been a long-awaited breakthrough. The parties are willing to sit at the negotiating table in the broadest format. Discuss possible ways of resolving the protracted and bloody confrontation at this time intend to not only the direct participants, but also those who in one way or another involved in this conflict. And to do so they are ready for the most, perhaps, a neutral and therefore very suitable for this area - in the capital of Kazakhstan - Astana.