Iran in a relatively short period of time managed to create one of the strongest armed forces in the Middle East, including its nuclear missile program. In these circumstances, it is particularly important defense capabilities and the ability to use it. Iran remains one of the most closed countries in the world. All operation of the military-political and other structures Iran is under strict control and clerical circles aimed at ensuring the survival of the ruling regime.
At a time when Europe and other parts of the world are governed by forgettable mediocrities, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister for a decade now, seethes with ambition. Perhaps the only other leader of a major world nation who emanates such a dynamic force field around him is Russia's Vladimir Putin, with whom the West is also supremely uncomfortable.
For a generation, relations between the United States and Russia were essentially about history. Since the Cold War’s end, Russia had become increasingly peripheral to the US and much of the rest of the world, its international importance and power seemingly consigned to the past. That era has now ended.
EU sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis will hurt Russian consumers, but Moscow's retaliatory food import ban will have little effect on Estonian food producers, says Taavi Rõivas, the Estonian prime minister.
The agreement was reached at a meeting of defense ministers of the three countries in Nakhchivan Aug.19, Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov told journalists following the meeting.
The Baltic countries and Poland have not yet finalized their joint request to the European Commission for support in the fight against African Swine Fever (ASF), Lithuania's chief veterinary officer, who is coordinating the drafting of the document, said on Thursday.
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project which is designed to originate from Turkmenistan is seen as an alluring route for transporting blue fuel from Central to South Asia, AzerNews said.
The United States remains the world’s most important country. It is also the most open democracy and the sole protector of freedom globally. However, pundits and critics are quick point to numerous challenges facing America.
Last month (July 2014), a World Bank assessment explicitly approved the technical, economic and social aspects of the construction of the planned Rogun hydropower plant (Rogun HPP). The conclusions vindicate Tajikistan, which has hoped to build this hydroelectric dam for years. Uzbekistan, on the other hand, long an opponent of the Rogun HPP, expressed strong dissatisfaction, leaving the dispute among these two countries unresolved. Following the World Bank report, Russia, which disapproved of the project in 2009, this time expressed its support, bringing itself back into the picture while further complicating the regional conflict over water use (World Bank, July 14–18).
Tuesday, August 19, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, to discuss the security situation in Ukraine and the European Union, ratification of the association agreement, and implementation of European reforms that are needed for the country's development.
The European Union has harmed itself economically with the sanctions it has imposed on Russia over Ukraine, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday, calling for a rethink.
In May Tehran posted H.E. Mojtaba Damirchilu as the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iran to Kazakhstan. Mojtaba Damirchilu replaced outgoing ambassador Gorban Seifi. In his exclusive interview to Kazinform International News Agency the new head of the Iranian diplomatic mission talked about his goals as well as state and prospects of relations between Kazakhstan and Iran.
Chinese admiration for Putin’s hardline policies could put pressure on Beijing to follow suit.
Exclusive interview of the lecturer Institute of International Relations and Political Science (Vilnius University) Mr. Vytis Jurkonis.
The EU is struggling to come up with a response to the brutal advance of the Islamists in Iraq. It comes across as weak and uncoordinated, according to Christoph Hasselbach.