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…

Russia to Malasia: ‘The New Straits Times’ article on Aga Khan Museum collection exhibition at State Hermitage in St Petersburg

  ART & ABOUT: The many faces of Islamic architecture By LUCIEN DE GUISE *****  LINKS between Malaysia and Russia have always been limited. Iiiustrated manuscript from Anwar-i Suhayli,Iran, 1593 In the cultural arena, the connections are virtually non-existent. Celebrity associations are more of a magnet than most. I remember when ex-President Gorbachev’s nephew put…

What the UNESCO vote on Palestine really means for the UN – by Ziad Khalil Abu Zayyad at CG News service

Jerusalem – In a development that gave the Palestinian leadership a significant hand up, the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) became the first international organisation to admit Palestine as a full member last week despite strong opposition from several member countries. This is the first reward for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ efforts…

The Aga Khan Museum Collection will travel to the Hermitage, in St. Petersberg, Russia from November 2011 to February 2012 – AKDN News

As the Museum is being constructed, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has mounted a series of travelling exhibitions in Europe *****  From November 2011 to February 2012, the Aga Khan Museum Collection will travel to the Hermitage, in St. Petersberg, Russia    UPCOMING: The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia From November 2011 until February 2012, the…