The Summit of the Turkic countries is an event of huge geopolitical significance, even though it is obvious that Baku, Astana and Ankara have different motivations for participating in projects aiming at the founding of a union of Turkic countries.
NYC prepares to host the Millennium Development Goals review summit. This summit is to be the first in a whole series of forums that will take place in the framework of the current UN General Assembly session.
The summit of presidents of Turkic-speaking countries in Istanbuldidn’t produce any sensations. The Council of Turkic-speaking NationsCooperation, with its headquarters in Istanbul, was created there tocomplete the organizational structure of the cooperation efforts,securing Turkish leadership in the alliance. The Council is consideredas a basis for further promotion of the Turkic alliance and forming aregional Turkic Union.
An appeal by Ossetian non-governmental organizations for Russia to control the situation in the region directly from Moscow has provoked various reactions, both in the Caucasus region and in the Kremlin.
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The political system of Turkey will have see a transformation after the national referendum of September 12. The ruling Justice and Development Party of Recep Tayyip Erdogan has convinced people to approve amendments to the Constitution. The amendments will limit the privileges of the army, reform the court system and give greater powers to parliament.
The situation in Kyrgyzstan was discussed during the summit of themembers of the CSTO in Yerevan on the August 20-22. Measures for thesituation's stabilization and issues of organizing a more effectivesystem of reaction were observed. In result the participants came toan agreement to prepare by December suggestions on changes to theconstitutional documents in order to create within the CSTO moreefficient institutions.
Negotiations on a Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal have seen newdevelopments. The co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk group for the firsttime in the last 9 years crossed the contact line between Azerbaijaniand Armenian forces and reached Hankendi (Stepanakert) straight fromBaku. Mediators previously visited Nagorno-Karabakh only from Yerevan.The ceasefire regime initiated in 1994 has been violated in recentyears.
The more active dialogue Moscow, Astana and Baku have, the higher chance there is for the rapprochement of Ashkhabad and Tehran with the 'G3'
The president of Georgia might leave politics in 2013. His main aim is to create a team who would continue his reforms started after the Rose Revolution. It might seem strange to talk about "post-Saakashvili period" now. But a very important role will be played by the results of parliamentary elections which take place in spring 2012. Besides that questions like "What will come after?" or "Who if not him?" are very typical for Georgia and its political culture.
The issue that all Azerbaijani journalists interested in theparliamentary elections in the country are now discussing is whetherthe ambitions of the opposition leaders can prevent two influentialpolitical parties of Azerbaijan from amalgamation.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visits to Baku and Yerevan havenot altered the present state of affairs in the South Caucasus, butdid somehow affect the whole situation.
Russia, as a neighbour and an unbiased mediator, is to help Azerbaijanand Armenia to find a key to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Havingvisited Armenia at the end of August and Azerbaijan at the beginningof September, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has maintained balancein the South Caucasus.
Russia remains the major trading partner of Azerbaijan. Bilateral trade is now recovering from the crisis of 2009.Russia imports only a few products from Azerbaijan, mostly energy resources. The energy partnership between the two countries has strengthened and evolved considerably in recent years.
The visit of Dmitry Medvedev to Azerbaijan is to play a significant role in the development of bilateral relations and to consolidate the positive trend of the last two years. Russia and Azerbaijan, supported by the positive relationship of their leaders Ilham Aliev and Dmitry Medvedev, have managed to take a serious step towards a strategic partnership. The visit, in the context of the difficult situation in the Caucasus, will demonstrate that the positions of the two countries coincide a lot on several issues.
Recent events in the native village of Ramzan Kadyrov have once again drawn the attention of European mass-media sources. It is no secret that the attitude of international human rights organizations towards Kadyrov is rather ambivalent. Any information about Chechnya is perceived through the magnifying glass of the international press.
The coming visit of President Dmitry Medvedev to Baku tends to be a crucial point in the history of Azerbaijani-Russian relations. The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh is still a menace to the security of the whole region and the role of Russia, who continues its peace-keeping policy, is today extremely significant.
The topic of a confederation between Georgia and Azerbaijan is being discussed seriously in Tbilisi, although it was born from a diplomatic joke. In Tbilisi, the idea is being considered by the Foreign Ministry and political parties. In Baku, the idea is perceived as a joke.
Thousands of English teachers arrive in Georgia from the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and even India.
Despite the accident in the Gulf of Mexico that caused a terrible ecological catastrophe, the company BP will stay on in the Caspian region.