Iran Presidential Elections 2021

Iran’s 13th Presidential election will be held on June 18, 2021. On May 25, 2021, Iran’s Guardian Council released a list of seven approved candidates for the upcoming presidential election – Saeed Jalili, Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, Alireza Zakani, Seyed Amir Hossein Qazizadeh Hashemi, Mohsen Mehralizadeh, Mohsen Rezaei, and AbdolnaserHemmati.  Many candidates were disqualified, among them former […]

‘An iron curtain’: Exiled Belarusians protest on border

Draped in white-red-white Belarusian opposition flags, exiled Belarusians protested on Saturday at the Polish frontier, calling for President Alexander Lukashenko to lift a border closure. “Europe: It’s time for action!”, “Impose Sanctions Please!” read some of the placards, as dozens of protesters lined a road clogged with hundreds of trucks waiting to go through border […]

US support for Ukraine should be tied to reform progress

Ukraine is the most important country in the ongoing confrontation between Russia and the West. This makes Ukraine’s domestic reform agenda a strategic priority for the entire Western world. The recent Russian military buildup on the Ukrainian border sparked international alarm over the prospect of a major escalation in the simmering seven-year conflict between the […]

Russia targets American diplomats with new directed energy weapon

Havana Syndrome’ is a result of Soviet microwave weapons technologies used in the 1970s. According to new reporting from The New York Times, over 130 American diplomats, troops and other US departments’ personnel working overseas have been diagnosed with brain damage. The incidents have been registered for 5 years. In particular, the staff of the […]

The only way to deter Putin is to arm Ukraine

Spring 2021 saw the biggest Russian military buildup on the Ukrainian border since the seven-year war between the two countries first erupted in 2014. While Moscow’s late April announcement of impending Russian troop withdrawals initially eased international concerns over the possibility of a new Kremlin offensive, current intelligence reports indicate that the vast majority of […]

What to Expect from Possible Meeting of US and Russian Presidents?

President Biden’s recent offer to meet with President Putin in mid-June for talks is still among the top news stories in the international news feed. Analysts and journalists are wondering where in Europe this meeting will take place. However, the location of the summit is obviously not the main thing in the upcoming event. The […]

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Sign Truce As Over 20 Killed And 200 Injured

Two central Asian countries have agreed to cease, following the armed clashes between the Tajik and Kyrgyz border guards on 28-29 April. A ceasefire agreement was signed in the night of 29 April, by the chairman of the Tajik State Committee on National Security, Saymumin Yatimov, and the Kyrgyz governor in Batken Region, Omurbek Suvanaliyev.  The sides had […]

Regular criticisms of Russian weapon systems quality shows how much its military conventional potential is exaggerated

The low quality of Russian weapons systems turned to be a systemic problem of the Russian defense complex. In particular, it became more than evident in the light of the Nagorno-Karabakh war. The conflict demonstrated the complete ineffectiveness of Russia’s air defense systems. Moreover, the Armenian armed forces representatives have repeatedly criticized the effectiveness of Russian […]

Azerbaijan Slams US President’s Statement on “Armenian Genocide”

Azerbaijani top officials have condemned the recognition of the so-called “Armenian genocide” by U.S. President Joe Biden and expressed their support for Turkey in this regard. On April 24, Biden classified the alleged events of 1915 as “genocide,” saying that “we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide”. Biden became […]