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Sharon Squassoni

The recent PIR Center report, “Iran in the Regional and Global Perspective” offers a fresh twist on advice for negotiators as they continue to work on an agreement. As a compilation of articles by experts who met in Bangkok and Moscow in 2014 to explore the prerequisites of longer term solutions for...

The book “The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy” by David Hoffman is a true documentary thriller focusing on the most difficult period of the 20th century. The international situation at that time is described as teetering on the brink of a nuclear world ...

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In Uzbekistan, all the modern institutions such as the media, the rule of law, an independent judiciary, the constitution, political parties, par-liament and elections, are little more than superficial ornamentation. As in many other post-Soviet countries, real politics happens behind the thick wall...

12 October 2011

The main support to the Nazarbayev regime comes from a relatively stable group of 10-12 people sometimes referred to as the Old Guards. This group has shaped in its current form in the early 2000s; it consists of people highly trusted by the president. Along with the Old Guards, the Kazakhstan burea...

In June 2011 the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a statement that condemned the ongoing war on drugs as hugely ineffective and wasteful. Countering drug trafficking is now an integral part of any national security policy. Between the two main approaches to the anti-drugs policy – prohibiti...

Analysts are increasingly predicting the possibility of an explosive escalation of tensions between political power groups in Kazakhstan. They fear that the government may lose control of the situation as the transition of power draws near.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev became a septuagenarian in 2...

The formation of the system of collective operations in conflict zones began in the late 1940s. Today the distinction between peacekeeping operations and intervention into the internal affairs of sovereign states is becoming increasingly blurred. There is growing debate about the legitimacy of the v...

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