September 2014

Turkey’s Perspective on the NATO Summit Outcomes


NATO has formed the basis for Turkey’s security and defense policies since 1952. Three crises which recently emerged: Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq, have begun to threaten Turkey’s security and regional interests. Therefore, establishing a common cause with NATO and receiving, when necessary, NATO’s support in these crisis zones became Ankara’s first priority for the Newport summit. 

European sanctions will make Russia and China closer, – former IMF Managing Director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Europe’s sanctions against Russia due to the annexation of Crimea and the Ukrainian crisis will push the RF to get closer with China, said Dominique Strauss-Kahn, IMF managing director (2007-2011) during the panel “Global Economy and Geopolitical Risks – Disruptions from Battlefield Ukraine” at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Yalta European Strategy (YES).

SCO Summit: Agenda and Outlook

By Daria Khaspekova

Many experts point to the growing role of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as an indication that it has become the main political instrument for Central Asian states, although it also receives a lot of criticism. On the eve of the September 13, SCO summit in Bishkek, we are talking to Dr. Andrey Karneyev, Deputy Director of the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Moscow State University, about the organization's role in international relations and the decisions expected to be made at the upcoming forum.

U.S.-Russia Split Over Ukraine Gives Islamic State Upper Hand

By Allison Quinn

As the NATO summit gets under way in Wales and world leaders put on a united front against the growing threat posed by radical terrorist organization the Islamic State, continued bickering between Russia and the West over events in Ukraine threatens to give the "apocalyptic" group carte blanche to pull off a devastating attack on European soil.