October 2013

NATO and a New Agenda for the Arctic

By Alexander Shaparov

The Arctic region is turning into an area of protracted geopolitical rivalry. This rivalry will not necessarily be expressed in any military confrontation, but rather will take the form of economic, technological and political competition. In this context, the states involved will be ever less prepared to opt for compromise in upholding their national interests within international organizations. NATO’s increasing activity in the Arctic will lead to transfiguration in relations in the area of international security, with new challenges and opportunities emerging for Russia.

Russia moves against Lithuania

Russia suspended imports of dairy products from neighboring Lithuania today. The move comes just a few weeks before the EU, whose rotating presidency Lithuania currently holds, convenes with former Soviet republics in Kiev to sign a number of association agreements that the Kremlin strongly objects to. 

Rasmussen: Time for action

An informal meeting of Europe’s ministers for foreign affairs - Gymnich - took place on Sept. 6-7 in Vilnius, where discussions centered on preparations for the December European Council on Defense Issues and items related to the Eastern Partnership and southern neighborhood policy, reports ELTA.

Azerbaijani gas in Europe: from words to action


The year of 2013 can be really considered as a crucial, decisive and a historical year for the gas industry of not only Azerbaijan, but of the whole European energy market. Soon after the choice of Trans-Adriatic pipeline (TAP) in June as a route for transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Europe, contracts were signed in Baku yesterday on delivery of this gas to European consumers.

Geopolitical Journey: The U.S.-European Relationship, Then and Now

By George Friedman

I am writing this from Greece, having spent the past week in Europe and having moved among various capitals. Most discussions I've had in my travels concern U.S. President Barack Obama's failure to move decisively against Syria and how Russian President Vladimir Putin outmatched him. Of course, the Syrian intervention had many aspects, and one of the most important ones, which was not fully examined, was what it told us about the state of U.S.-European relations and of relations among European countries. This is perhaps the most important question on the table.

Criminal oligarchy threatens Europe

By Alina Kantor

Trying to avoid criminal liability for the theft of billions of dollars , arrested in France Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov and his companions battle provoked information on the European media space . Attacks are those who , in one way or another, is opposed to a criminal syndicate. Extracts and French democracy . The Fifth Republic is criticized for being Abliyazov in detention , subjected to the pressure of the French court , which must decide on the extradition of the oligarch. In parallel, the propaganda campaign in his defense.