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FRAGILE TIES BETWEEN MOSCOW AND MINSK(12.04.2017)

Fragile ties between Moscow and Minsk

On March 9th, Kyrgyzstan hosted the all prime ministers of the EAEC (Eurasian Economic Community). The agenda of the intergovernmental council identified 14 issues.One of the key issues was the state of trade between countries. This issue was dealt with directly by all the Prime Ministers of the EAEC. According to the board of integration and macroeconomics, forecasts are not particularly positive because there is still a decline in mutual trade. Thus, the main task for this year, as noted by the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Sooronbai Jeenbekov, is to do everything possible to remove all the remaining barriers between the members of the union and not to abandon trade...


COULD UKRAINE CRISIS TRIGGER A NEW COLD WAR?(23.03.2017)

Could Ukraine Crisis Trigger A New Cold War?

The US’s last presidential race winner Donald Trump’s positive messages to Russia during the election campaign, caused criticisms from his opponents but on the Russian front, it created a rarely encountered public perception in favour of an American presidential candidate. Even after Trump was elected as the president, maintaining positive statements about Russia has stregthened expectations that the relations between the US and Russia would get better. Nonetheless, Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s being recently resigned on charges of ‘some bargains’ were negotiated during a phone call with Sergey Kislyak, the ambassador of Russia to the US, before T...


WILL AFGHANISTAN BECOME THE NEXT PROXY WAR?(13.03.2017)

Will Afghanistan Become The Next Proxy War?

Asst. Prof. Dr. Yusuf Çınar from the Department of International Relations in Bitlis Eren University interprets what further Russian involvement in Afghanistan of late could mean with regards to regional politics. The materialisation of the September 11 attacks in between the then on-going post-Cold War American global hegemony discussions once again put the spotlight back on Afghanistan. Afghanistan has turned into a matter of "prestige" during the War on Terror initiated by the George W. Bush administration. In other words, the "Enduring Freedom Operation" was the first indication that the USA was becoming a global hegemon. The US’ involvement in Afghanistan was unrivalled and dif...


CHINESE SEIZURE OF THE US UNMANNED SUBMARINE AND INTERNATIONAL LAW(1.01.2017)

Chinese Seizure of the US Unmanned Submarine and International Law

On the 15th of December 2016, a navy ship that belongs to China seized a research submarine belonging to the US’ Navy in high seas. In a statement made by the American Department of Defence, it has been expressed that an unmanned submarine used to measure sea temperature and marine salt levels has been intercepted by a Chinese navy ship 50 miles off Subic Bay near the Philippines. In the same statement it was remarked that a notification is clearly written on top of the submarine expressing that it belonged to the United States, and that it should not be taken out of the sea ? yet the Chinese navy ship seized it nevertheless. Immediately afterwards the incident, the United St...


IS THE TURKISH DEFENCE INDUSTRY READY FOR SHANGHAI?(29.12.2016)

Is the Turkish Defence Industry Ready for Shanghai?

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is a rising star in the East. While its development has similarities with the European Union, it also has its own exclusive peculiarities. Both the People's Republic of China and Russia have experienced ideological issues and faced with border violations after World War II. After the end of Cold War however, both countries have realised that the barren rivalry between the two hurt both of them the same. With the structuring they made in 1996, the People's Republic of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan has announced themselves to the world as the Shanghai Five. The Shanghai Five emerged as a reaction to ...


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