The great gain not the great game: How Kazakhstan is charting its own course in the world

By Erlan Idrissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan

It is a sign of Central Asia's and Kazakhstan's increasing role and importance in the world that more and more is written about our region. But what is striking - and at times frustrating - is how reporting and analysis can be distorted to fit narratives which have little relationship to what's actually happening.

The Return of Geopolitics to Europe

By Joschka Fischer

With Russia’s military invasion and annexation of Crimea, and the subsequent war in eastern Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin has made it abundantly clear that he has no intention of respecting the inviolability of borders and the primacy of international legal norms. It is time for Europeans to end their wishful thinking of a continental order determined by the rule of law. The world, unfortunately, isn’t like that. It is much harder, and power rules.

Opinion: From the Baltic to the Caspian Seas, land unites again

 For centuries, the rule of thumb in trade was that land divides, water unites. It took years and gradually months to follow an overland trading route from Europe to China, as opposed to months and eventually weeks by boat. But speed-trains are changing the global logistics map. These speed train connections are the “hardware” of the overland Silk Path road project that connects Europe to China.