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05.11.2014

Events in Ukraine have had indirect impact on the security situation in Central Asia. There are speculation and alarmist theories on the possibility of similar events in the republics of the region. The weakening of the already shaky foundations of the CIS due to Ukrainian events and absence of Petro Poroshenko from the Commonwealth summit in Minsk strengthened those tensions”, – Director of the private research and educational center "Bilim Karvon" ("Caravan of knowledge"), Farhad Tolipov.

28.10.2014

“The security situation will most likely deteriorate over the winter of 2014. Not excluded is the fact that after the parliamentary elections in Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko will make another attempt to solve the crisis in Donbas militarily. This will lead to a resumption of hostilities in the region with unpredictable results and will provoke further deterioration of Russia's relations with the West”, – PIR Center Senior Vice President, Lieutenant General (Ret.), Evgeny Buzhinsky.

10.10.2014

“The thing that sets the PIR Center School apart from other educational programs is the highest level of preparation and organization of the educational process.  Particularly it is evident when we talk about participants of the School, who have demonstrated deep understanding of the material,” – Arseni Sivitski, Director of the Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies, participant of the 2014 International School.

02.10.2014

“Without exception, all articles and materials of this issue were written by staff members, members of the PIR Center Board, as well as graduates of PIR Center, or, if you please, representatives of the expanding PIR Community, our colleagues and friends who at some point during our 20-year history have worked at PIR Center, come to us as interns, received PIR Center scholarships, or completed our educational or training programs.  This issue is a collective gift from our graduates, our friends, constituting of already more than 800 individuals of the PIR Community on PIR Center’s 20th anniversary,” – Editorial Board of the Security Index journal.  



24.09.2014

“On the eve of the SCO summit, Tajikistan with special attention expected whether Karimov comes himself or sends a replacement. The meeting of the two leaders, held in a constructive manner, did not raise the fog of uncertainty in bilateral relations, however it arisen hope that the dialogue between countries started. Perhaps this will lead to a decrease in tensions between Tashkent and Dushanbe”, – Director of the private research and educational center Bilim Karvon (Caravan of knowledge) Farhad Tolipov.

     

16.09.2014

“In the West, a ceasefire agreement for the east of Ukraine was taken skeptically. The issue of a new round of sanctions against Russia was not removed from the agenda. The comments from Washington and Brussels come down to doubts on whether the agreement would work or not. However, there are no other circumspect ways to resolve the crisis yet. The coming days will show if the Minsk agreement passes the test of time”, - Director General of the Russian Council for Foreign Affairs Andrey Kortunov.

09.09.2014

“This is the moment when the EU will regret that in spite of business logic to support the building of the Nabucco pipeline it did not go for it.  This regret may be shared by countries that could have supplied Nabucco and now face a near monopolistic poisition of some other partners, like Turkmenistan with respect of China. Other major exporters (like Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan) have also given up on their hope to rely on supply in the western direction and diversified their export between the North (Russia) and the East”, – Director of OSCE Academy in Bishkek Pál Dunay.

26.08.2014

“India has recently blocked the WTO agreement on trade facilitation. The position of New Delhi is primarily shaped by the issue of subsidies for food production. India has adopted a so-called Right to Food act. In accordance with the law, the government must provide the Indian poor with a minimum amount of food. The norms of the WTO suggest that India should abandon the food subsidies. However, the country cannot do this not only for economic but also for political reasons. Abolishing this law in the near future would be a political suicide for any government”, – Vice President, Observer Research Foundation Nandan Unnikrishnan.

 

20.08.2014

The new issue of the Security Index journal is dedicated to the Russian-Western relations that have become rathertense due to the Ukrainian crisis, - so tense that experts speak about the cold war 2.0. The other important topics, discussed in the journal, are situation in Afghanistan after the troops’ withdrawal, the settlement of the Iranian unclear program. In addition, the authors address the subject of nonstrategic nuclear weapons, joint policy in cybersecurity, increase in combat capabilities.

19.08.2014

“EU states may be able to supply Ukraine by gas from the west. Alexei Miller, the CEO of Gazprom, only once said that if this happens his company would go to court. The fact he never repeated it again, indicate that the legal ground of say Slovakia, Hungary or Poland selling gas to Naftogaz most probably does not violate the contract between Gazprom and the gas companies of those Central European states. However, it is a problem that this will not cover the need of Ukraine as of late autumn or winter”, – Director of OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Pál Dunay

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