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03.04.2015

If we are negotiating with the West that does not mean that our position regarding western dominance and interference in the Middle East has changed. Iran is not willing to give up its independent politics for any price. Iran’s eight-year resistance during a forcible war and its firmness in the question of peaceful use of nuclear energy are examples of such an Iranian approach. Resistance and evasion of sanctions are a witness to the independence of Iran. If Iran were to rely on the West, then we could not endure western pressure,” –  Seyed Alinaghi (Kamal) Kharrazi, the Head of the Strategic Council of Public Relations under the administration of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

26.02.2015

 “It is especially important for those interested in peace in Central Asia to demonstrate willingness and ability to make a sharp rebuff of any manifestations of instability. It is critical to state that opening a new front of global jihad and of global war on terrorism in Central Asia will not succeed; the countries of the region will not allow it. However, such a message can only be made convincing and effective by, first, actually realizing the entirety of the imminent danger in the region and by, secondly, using combined forces,” Associate Professor of MGIMO University of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Ivan Safranchuk.

26.01.2015

The latest issue of the Security Index journal is partly devoted to the development of the global nuclear energy sector and nuclear infrastructure. Against the backdrop of the oil-and-gas needle and amid the continued devaluation of the Russian currency, the Russian nuclear energy sector seems to offer what may well be the only tangible, comprehensive, and carefully thought-out answer to economic upheavals. This particular branch of the Russian high-tech sector is not a prototype but a working engine.

23.01.2015

“The ability of international community to solve regional conflicts similar to the conflict in Ukraine will become a global security issue in 2015. The world learned to solve global issues: to maintain nuclear security, to combat climate change, but it still cannot settle regional conflicts. The crisis in Ukraine demonstrated that the global security system had for all this time existed within the Cold War paradigm,” – Nikolai Zlobin, President of the Center on Global Interests.

23.12.2014

“After the withdrawal of the majority of ISAF troops from Afghanistan and the election of a new president Ashraf Ghani, new military and political situation has started to form in the country. To certain extent, this uncertainty is alarming for the Central Asian republics. Intra-regional agenda in 2015 will be determined by the rapid institutionalization of the Eurasian Union, which has already resulted in freezing the discussions on Central Asian integration as a tool for solving the regional problems”,  – Director of the private research and educational center "Bilim Karvon" ("Caravan of knowledge") Farhad Tolipov.

10.12.2014

“The pessimistic scenario leaves open the beginning of a war between Russia and Ukraine, and even further clashes between Russia and NATO. Such turn of events is possible, if the Ukrainian war party decides to solve the problem of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics by force, or if the rebels resume hostilities in an attempt to break the economic blockade. In any of these scenarios, it will be difficult for Russia to maintain the position of a neutral observer, especially if the question arises about the military defeat of the self-proclaimed republics”, - PIR Center Senior Vice President, Lieutenant General (Retired), Evgeny Buzhinsky.

       
02.12.2014

 

 

 

“Islamists in Afghanistan and Syria will not hand over their positions; US and allied states’ strikes against the Islamic state have not brought the expected results. Among the most positive developments of the period in the Middle East, it is worth noting the severe reaction of Israel and Egypt to the provocations of Islamists in their own territory. As events unfold in the Middle East, the situation will worsen due to the military expansion of the Islamists throughout the region,” - President of the Institute of Middle East Studies Evgeny Satanovsky.        

 

 

25.11.2014

“The west and Russia have made some efforts to avoid a spill-over to certain global threats and risks. However, this has remained somewhat inconsistent. Cooperation has been retained in countering terrorism, whereas Russia has suspended its participation in the preparation of the fourth nuclear security summit”, – Director of OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Dr. Pal Dunay.    

19.11.2014

“After the G-20 summit in Brisbane, a moment of clear decision-making comes for Moscow on what outcome it expects for the crisis in the south-east of Ukraine. G-20 summit was one of the last points, where the Kremlin could decide to soften its position on Ukraine and improve relations with the West. However, the country has not taken advantage of this opportunity”, – Member of the Royal Institute of International Relations, journalist Konstantin von Eggert.

14.11.2014

“Kobani has had serious, negative consequences. It has exposed that Turkey's Syria policy has a clear, anti-Kurdish thrust (as Turkey has refused to aid or allow aid to the Kurds, and made clear that it is against the survival of an autonomous Kurdish region in Syria), which led to violent unrest among Kurds in Turkey, and it has undermined the prospects of achieving a solution to the Kurdish issue in the country”, – Senior Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, Halil Karaveli.

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