April 2015

The OSCE in Ukraine: “First Responder” or Last Resort?


By Paul Fritch

More than a year after the crisis in Ukraine erupted into violence, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) continues to serve by default as the main international presence in-country. The Organization helped to broker two fragile ceasefire agreements (in September 2014 and February 2015), and oversees their implementation through an ambitious “Special Monitoring Mission (SMM),” which serves as the eyes and ears of the international community.  

Opinion: Sweden – a moral superpower?


By Ulf Bjereld

Sweden’s unilateral decision to cancel its large-scale defense agreement with Saudi Arabia has attracted considerable international attention. It canceled the agreement on moral grounds, refusing to continue military cooperation with one of the world’s most hardline dictatorships – a regime that violates human rights and sentences dissidents to public whippings.

Eurasian integration and Kazakh-Russian relations discussed in Moscow

By Dinara Urazova

Participants of the scientific-and-practical conference Kazakhstan's Way: Factors of Stability and Sustainable Development in Moscow discussed key aspects of the socio-economic and political development of Kazakhstan and touched upon the problems of Eurasian integration and the Russian-Kazakh relations, Tengrinews reports citing the press service of Kazakhstan Embassy in Russia.