Military expert Mammad Mammadov: Provocation of war

Gas is the reason the Kremlin forces military aggravation between Armenia and Azerbaijan Apparently the Kremlin is annoyed by the fact that the Azerbaijani side does not respond to the provocative statements of the Armenian authorities! Indeed, the Kremlin, in the current situation, when the other day gas will go to Europe from Azerbaijan, escalation […]

The Dictators’ Last Stand

Why the New Autocrats Are Weaker Than They Look It has been a good decade for dictatorship. The global influence of the world’s most powerful authoritarian countries, China and Russia, has grown rapidly. For the first time since the late nineteenth century, the cumulative GDP of autocracies now equals or exceeds that of Western liberal […]

Diplomacy Can’t Solve All of Afghanistan’s Problems

But Neither Can U.S. Troops On the night of August 17, as over 1,000 guests danced at a wedding celebration in Dubai City, a hall in Kabul named after the Afghan elite’s favorite weekend getaway, a 23-year-old interloper detonated his suicide vest by the bandstand. The blast killed 80 people and wounded nearly 200 more, […]

Azerbaijan-EU Strategic Partnership Deal: No Light At The End Of The Tunnel Yet

Azerbaijan and the European Union have not yet signed a new strategic partnership agreement despite optimism top officials from Baku and Brussels have expressed to successfully complete the long-drawn-out preparations for the signing of the deal. Remarks made by Brussels and Azerbaijani officials indicate that the parties cannot agree on matters of crucial national importance […]

INF’s Demise: What Does It Mean To The World?

In yet another disruptive policy announcement, the Trump administration announced on August 2, 2019 the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty due to the alleged violation of the treaty by the Russian Federation. On February 2, the US provided its six-month notice of withdrawal from the treaty. The US defended its decision […]

Ukraine President Picks Young Lawyer As Prime Minister

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday (29 August) picked untested 35-year-old lawyer Oleksiy Goncharuk as his prime minister, as a new parliament met for the first time. Zelenskiy, a popular comedian before winning the presidency this year, has promised to bring in fresh faces to clear away an establishment that he says has ruled Ukraine […]

Ukraine President Picks Young Lawyer As Prime Minister

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday (29 August) picked untested 35-year-old lawyer Oleksiy Goncharuk as his prime minister, as a new parliament met for the first time. Zelenskiy, a popular comedian before winning the presidency this year, has promised to bring in fresh faces to clear away an establishment that he says has ruled Ukraine […]

Chinese Muslims In Dubai & The ‘Great Rejuvenation Of The Chinese Nation’

On 30 May 2019, as the holy month of Ramadan was nearing its end, Mr. Li Xuhang, the newly appointed Chinese Consul General of Dubai, made his debut public appearance since assuming the position four days earlier. At the annual Ramadan Iftar banquet organized by the Consulate General of China in Dubai at the Grand […]

Bolton: No Need for Zelenskiy to ‘Rush’ into Action on Donbas

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton says there is no need for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to “rush” into any course of action regarding Russia’s involvement with separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. “I think, from the perspective of a new government in Ukraine, President Zelenskiy would be well-advised to look at how to unfold a […]

Georgia: “Elections” In Abkhazia: Russian Occupiers, Chinese, Turks & Armenians

The Georgian Foreign Ministry in a statement has described the so-called “elections” in the breakaway Abkhazia as another unsuccessful attempt to legitimize the occupation of the region and the de facto annex the region. Official Tbilisi calls on the international community to give a proper assessment of the illegalities and take effective measures to suspend […]