October 2015

Vladimir Telnov: Strengthening Of Russia's Presence In The Middle East To Undermine Attitudes Of “Daesh”

Active military support of the regime of Bashar al-Assad on the part of the Russian Federation could lead to the release of the Syrian territory from the militants so-called “IS” (“Daesh”). However, this progression of events may force the terrorists to change the tactics of struggle and to move its operations to other countries, including Central Asia. Such an opinion was expressed by the expert of the Eurasian Integration Institute Vladimir Telnov in the interview for the portal ORTCOM.KZ.

Erdoğan’s Delicate Visit to Brussels

By Marc Pierini

On October 4–6, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, will be in Brussels for a long-planned visit to Belgium. The trip occurs in the midst of a major international crisis, as Russia is getting in on the act in Syria and asylum seekers continue to surge toward Europe. The visit also comes at a very troubled time in Turkey, where on November 1 a parliamentary election will be held amid a spiral of violence and a sharp deterioration of the rule of law.

Putin Strains Wobbly Western Unity on Syria

By Pavel Felgenhauer

President Vladimir Putin is heading to New York to address the United Nations with a strong hand, while his United States counterpart, Barack Obama, seems weak and indecisive. According to Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, the summit with Obama on September 28 will be dominated by the Syrian crisis. US leadership in the Middle East has been put into question by Russia’s actions and possible troop deployments in Syria, leaving US allies increasingly in disagreement (Top.rbc.ru, September 24).

Armenian Experts’ Debate: “Membership in the EEU in Exchange for Security”

By Galiya Ibragimova

In January 2015, Armenia became an official member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), having refused to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union. Armenia has no common borders with the Customs Union member states; therefore, its EEU accession treaty includes a special procedure for the transportation of freights between foreign countries and the EEU member states. So far the country has a limited representation in the Eurasian Economic Commission and will enjoy preferential customs duty rates until 2022.