The recent trilateral meeting (Azerbaijan-Iran-Russia) in Baku seems to open new prospects for the region. The Politicon interviews Mr. Alex Vatanka, a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute and the Jamestown Foundation in Washington D.C, specialist in Iranian and Caucasian policies on the significance of the meeting and discussed projects.
Interviewer: Fuad Shahbazov
Shabazov: As you know on the 9th of August Azerbaijan hosted a new Baku-Tehran-Moscow trilateral meeting. According to mass media, the leaders of the three countries gathered together to discuss pressing issues of international and regional policy. How would you estimate the importance of the high-level meeting?
Vatanka: The meeting in Baku is significant, and could become historic. Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia are neighbors and one cannot choose its own geography. And one has to welcome cooperation that can improve the economic, security and overall development of these three states. As long as there is a mutual interest and no attempt by any state to dominate or dictate the path forward, then we should welcome positive cooperation and even integration around the Caspian Sea. Oxumağa davam et Interview with Alex Vatanka→
For the first time since 1949, president of Taiwan and secretary general of Chinese Communist Party held an official meeting in Singapore. According to official statements no further meetings are planned, as expectations from that formal meeting were not so high.
But, why did it happen?
Taiwan’s local opposition is strongly against of any kind of dialogue with China and blamed President Ma – Ying jeou over his Singapore meeting. What is your opinion about it?
Firstly, needed to say that both of sides were preparing for the meeting beforehand, each of detail had been discussed, even the colors of tie, and needless to say that this meeting is a “historic improvement”, first official meeting between leaders of the Strait since 1949, opening up a historic page in cross-Strait relations. At the same time the choice of the meeting place is not accidental, the first public meeting between the Taiwanese and mainland Chinese NGOs was held in 1993 in Singapore, so the leaders felt comfortable here and a place where to minimize the chance of rowdy demonstrations, and where journalists are used to disciplined press conferences.Oxumağa davam et Rashad Seyfaddin: “Needless to say that this meeting is a “historic improvement” for both societies”→
Надежда Глебова – журналист, переводчик, арабист, автор статей о гуманитарном положении в странах арабо-мусульманского мира, современных арабских элитах, отвечает на вопросы об угрозе Исламского государства и о его роли в дестабилизации Ближневосточного региона
Как вы думаете, какова главная причина грандиозных военных успехов ИГИЛ на территории Ирака, начиная с 2014 г?
Дело в том, что я бы остереглась называть успехи ИГИЛ «грандиозными». Они действительно значительны во многих сферах, но грандиозны ли? Хотя, это дело субъективных оценок, конечно. Как бы мы ни называли их, успехи ИГИЛ действительно имеют место и требуют анализа, хотя бы с целью решения тактических задач по противодействию. Конечно, захват Мосула и Тикрита силами всего лишь 5-6 тысяч боевиков (именно таким количеством ограничиваются наблюдатели) – это значительный «успех». Oxumağa davam et Надежда Глебова: «Вы думали, что мы – далеко, теперь мы идем к вам».→
Head of Central Asia and Caspian Region Studies – Analytical Complex of the Library of the First President of Kazakhstan, Dr. Daniyar Kasnazarov answered questions about Silk Road project of China and its impact over the region.
Dr. Giedrius Česnakas, is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy at Vytautas Magnus University
Fuad Shahbazov (FS): Russia has become a strong headache for the North Atlantic Alliance once again, how would you estimate the current relationship between Russia and NATO?
Giedrius Česnakas (GČ): From my perspective, Russia, with its aggressive actions missed an opportunity to become normal regional power, to become a reliable partner of the West against raising China, which form my perspective, is the greatest threat to Russia. Being partner and not an adversary of NATO Russia could “soften” NATO, and make much more impact that it does today. While Russia was cooperating with NATO, threat from Moscow in NATO was perceived as a delusion of the Baltic States. Before the occupation and annexation of Crimea, NATO was losing itself, it was not sure about its role and causes of existence. After Russia’s aggression NATO found the basis for its existence once again, found reassurance in its role, and started to make its military presence in the states that joined after 1999 more noticeable.