Ukraine's Two New Energy Deals

by Staff Writers Washington DC (SPX) 

By. Scott Belinksi for

If one was to believe the picture that most Western media outlets are painting, Ukraine has been lost to Russia. Though the country fought valiantly to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union in Vilnius, Lithuania last month, President Viktor Yanukovych suspended negotiations with the EU at the last possible moment, betraying Ukrainians everywhere.

Tajikistan: Stability is better than uncertainty?

Konstantin Parshin

The current regime has not brought prosperity to the Tajiks, but stability has guaranteed its longevity. Emomali Rakhmon, the leader of Tajikistan, the poorest of the former Soviet Republics, won yet another seven-year term last November. That was not a surprise for anyone.

Ukraine: Another Egypt?

Job C. Henning, The National Interest

More than a week after Ukrainian President Yanukovych declined to sign an association agreement with the EU at the “Eastern Partnership” summit in Vilnius, protesters continue to defy the ban on demonstrations in Independence Square in the center of Kiev.

Regional game-changers in energy, investment and geopolitics

Mehmet Öğütçü

The game has changed in energy. Its rules and players, too. The real game-changer in this new age is the rising gas production in North Americafrom shale basins, which is transforming the global gas market.

Opinion: Tough on Russia, Easy on America‏

By Jakob Augstein

When it comes to their approach to foreign policy with Russia, German Chancellor Merkel and President Gauck aren't messing around. Perhaps it has to do with their backgrounds in East Germany. They show the US significantly more leniency.

Will Russia play the Kurdish card?

Maxim A. Suchkov

On Sept. 27, the People's Protection Units (YPG) claimed responsibility for killing Abu Omar al-Chechen, a leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and 15 other members of the group. It could have been just another report on the never-ending skirmishes of the Syrian conflict if it hadn’t echoed miles away from the Middle East in another hotbed — the North Caucasus.

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