January 2017

Uzbekistan’s New President Focuses on Improving Regional Relations

By Umida Hashimova

The fifth presidential election in the history of independent Uzbekistan on December 4 has ended with a definite win for Shavkat Mirziyaev, previously the country’s prime minister for 13 years under the late Islam Karimov. As Uzbekistan enters its post-Karimov era, it is important to examine the new president’s foreign policy priorities.

Hope for confidential dialogue in Astana


 By Arthur Dunn

The Syrian conflict, it seems, has been a long-awaited breakthrough. The parties are willing to sit at the negotiating table in the broadest format. Discuss possible ways of resolving the protracted and bloody confrontation at this time intend to not only the direct participants, but also those who in one way or another involved in this conflict. And to do so they are ready for the most, perhaps, a neutral and therefore very suitable for this area - in the capital of Kazakhstan - Astana.

An Echo of the Little War in Nagorno Karabakh


By Hovhannes Nikoghosyan

The Azerbaijani armed forces staged a new subversion along the Northeastern part of Armenian-Azerbaijani international border on the early morning hours of December 29. Three Armenian soldiers are confirmed killed, while Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense spokesperson declined to comment the operation, nor published about losses — in a long-standing practice.

Terror Continues in Polarized Turkey


By Ozgur Unluhisarcikli

Turkey has experienced numerous terror attacks in 2016. The self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), which is a splinter group within PKK, separately conducted 29 terror attacks that have killed 377 people and wounded 1,648. Like the rest of the world, Turks were celebrating the end of 2016, in hopes that 2017 would be better. But optimism quickly faded during the first hours of the New Year when an ISIL-affiliated terrorist attacked a high-end nightclub on the Bosphorus killing 39 Turkish citizens and foreign visitors and wounding 65 others.

ERR interview: 'Every credible member of U.S. Congress, Senate' views Putin as threat, says McCain

In a video interview with ERR on Tuesday, U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., admitted that while he would give the latter a chance to explain himself, he had concerns regarding President-elect Donald Trump's Secretary of State pick Rex Tillerson's dealings with the Russians as head of Exxon Mobil Corp. He also asserted that every credible member of Congress he knew saw Russian President Vladimir Putin "for what he is: a thug and a bully and a KGB agent."