SCO not an option for Turkey, experts say

Cumali Onal

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), mentioned frequently by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as an alternative to the European Union, is not a rational alternative for Turkey economically, militarily or on human rights issues; even Russia, which began as one of the main pillars of this group -- along with China -- is beginning to distance itself from the SCO, experts say.

Defending Ukraine's Tough New Protest Law

Nicolai N. Petro, The National Interest

The White House statement on Ukraine, issued by NSC spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on January 19th, seriously misreads the situation.

Kazakhstan Drifts to China Amid Tension with Russia

By Dmitry Shlapentokh 

Kazakhstan is a member of the Russian-sponsored Custom Union, and intends to join the Eurasian Union. Yet, Kazakhstan’s foreign policy indicates that it regards Russia as just one among several partners, with which it cooperates in some areas but also competes against in others.

Putin PR hides woes in 2014


The Japan Times

Christmas came early for Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Greenpeace activists and Pussy Riot punk rock members — all released from jail in December as a gift from Russian President Vladimir Putin. But there is more behind Putin’s surprise move than festive good cheer.

Russia needs the US in Afghanistan‏

 Salman Wattoo
In today’s world, geopolitics takes precedence over ideologies. The US-Iran nuclear deal reached last year is a very recent example of how two countries with ideologies on different ends of the spectrum can come together to achieve their political objectives.

Chechnya's silent diplomacy in the Middle East

Maxim A. Suchkov

When it comes to the security of the Russian Caucasus, Chechnya is a buzzword. Traditionally, it’s developments in the republic and the personality of its leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, and his relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin that are in the spotlight, but what is rarely on the radar of foreign experts and diplomats is the vibrant diplomacy Chechnya conducts in the Middle East.

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