Some questions of the Chinese "Marshall Plan"

By Arthur Dunn

The "One belt and one way" initiative focuses on transport and logistics. China has the world's largest network of high-speed and high-speed railways with a length of more than 19,000 km (this is more than the length of the railways of Japan and Europe combined). One of the announced projects is the construction of a single high-speed passenger railroad Beijing-Kazakhstan- Moscow with the expansion to the south and east (Beijing and the Pacific) and to the west (Rotterdam and the Atlantic Ocean). It is also planned to reconstruct the old railway lines, including in the CIS.

The Significance of Macron’s Election Victory

By Kalev Stoicescu

Only 39 years old, Emmanuel Macron is the youngest person ever elected president of the French Republic. He won the final round of the presidential elections by a landslide against the far-right Front National candidate Marine Le Pen, but he did not get the support of the majority of registered French voters. An unprecedented number of voters—over a third of the total—either abstained (25.4%) or virtually boycotted the elections by casting blank or otherwise invalid ballots (11.5%). Therefore, only 63% of French voters actually voted for one or the other candidate.

In Central Asia, Strategic Partnerships Growing Ascendant

By Umida Hashimova

It takes three separate diplomatic efforts for three countries to sign three bilateral strategic partnership agreements. That is exactly what happened over the past four years in Central Asia: first Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan signed a strategic partnership in June 2013; then Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan concluded one during Uzbekistani President Shavkat Mirziyaev’s first foreign trip to Turkmenistan on March 6, 2017; and a little over a month later, the latest agreement was signed between Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. Cumulatively, these two-way agreements have led to the emergence of a Central Asian strategic triangle—a first for the region (Kun.uz, April 22). What exactly does it mean for these countries to have elevated their cooperation to the strategic level, and why did they take such a step at this time?

Schindler: Trump´s Downfall is Coming

You have named Russia´s intervention in US presidential elections last year and the subsequent scandal "Kremlingate" and said it is the biggest US political scandal since Watergate. How do you assess the damage all this has done to US institutions, credibility and political process? Has the Kremlin´s special operation succeeded in turning one part of US population (namely Trump supporters and millions of people in the midwest) against the federal institutions?

NATO and partners firmly committed to continue supporting the financial sustainment of the Afghan Security Forces

ATO Allies and partners, together with representatives of the donors’ community, reaffirmed their long-term commitment to continue supporting the financial sustainment of the Afghan security forces, at the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund Board, today (Tuesday, 2 May 2017).