Kazakhstan’s significance for the European Union and Central Asia — Article by Justina Vitkauskaite Bernard on New Europe eu

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev started a program of reforms of the country’s institutions and social practices. EPA/MIKHAIL METZEL/POOL POOL PHOTO Europe has got it wrong on Kazakhstan. A severe dearth of knowledge about the Central Asian country within European policy circles has fuelled a spiral of lazy stereotyping and complacent reporting in the international media. …

Ukraine: A Brief History of Crimea — Voice of America news com

Ukrainian sailors march in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol in the Crimea, Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2014. Facts About Crimea *An autonomous republic in Ukraine *Located on a peninsula between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov *Annexed by Russia in 1783 and was transferred to Ukraine in 1954 *Simferopol is the capital…

Global: BRICS vs. NATO – Battlefield of Ideas on Interventions – Written by Thiana Biondo at Global Voices org

China’s and Russia’s recent decision to veto the United Nations Security Council resolution against Syria -has reignited the debate over the relationship between ‘new’ powers like Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – the BRICS – with ‘old’ powers like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in international interventions. The BRICS conference held last March provides…

Institute of Ismaili Studies Co-Sponsors Conference to mark 125th birth Anniversary of Wladimir Ivanow – IIS News

  News & Events IIS April 2012 The IIS, in conjunction with the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (IOM) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), organised an international conference in Saint Petersburg to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Wladimir Alekseevich Ivanow, the pioneer of modern Ismaili Studies. The conference ‘Ismaili Traditions and Spirituality of…