April 5, 2016

Energy Investments in Kazakhstan: Plans for 2016

The economy of Kazakhstan faced with the challenge of adjusting to the oil price shock in 2015. With the oil price forecast of 40 dollar per barrel, the real economic growth rate is expected to be 2.1% in 2016. However, since 2015 the Government of Kazakhstan has been implementing a […]
April 1, 2016

Kazakhstan’s Countrywide Gasificaiton Initiatives are under Threat!

Kazakhstan enjoys abundance of energy resources, including natural gas. Yet, having possessed nearly 2 trillion cubic meters of gas, the production level in the country is rather limited. Kazakhstan consumes only half of its produced gas and exports the other half, because it lacks extensive internal gas supply networks to […]
March 29, 2016

Chinese View on the Expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization*

Founded in 2001, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) now has China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as its full members, with Afghanistan, Belarus, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan as observers, and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkey as dialogue partners. The official founding declaration asserted that the […]
March 28, 2016

Prospects and Challenges of NATO Warsaw Summit 2016

The 2016 Warsaw Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will take place on July 8-9, 2016, in Poland. The Summit comes at a crucial time for the North Atlantic Alliance, as the global security aspects have shifted in both the East and the South during the last years. […]
March 17, 2016

Is Georgia Moving Closer to NATO?

On February 11, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that “Georgia is moving closer to NATO thanks to its reforms, and to its significant contributions to our shared security.”[1] Further he said that prior to joining NATO, Georgia must gain a Membership Action Plan (MAP). The MAP is a NATO […]
March 15, 2016

Kazakhstan for the World Free of Nuclear Weapons

On August 29, 2016, the Republic of Kazakhstan would celebrate 25 years since the accession to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which has defined the country`s anti-nuclear policy since getting its independence in 1991. The treaty acknowledges the right of every state to use and develop nuclear energy only for peaceful […]
March 14, 2016

Central Asian Countries’ Power Systems Are Now Isolated, But Not Everyone Is Happy!*

The Central Asian Power System (CAPS) was established in the 1960s and 1970s. The system consisted of mainly 30 percent hydro power plants (HPP) of Central Asian upstream and 70 percent thermal power plants (TPP) of downstream countries.[i] The Integrated Dispatch Center Energia, based in Tashkent, controlled the electric power supply […]
March 5, 2016

Сurrent Security Issues in the Caspian Sea Region

After years of pursuing the concept that the Caspian Sea is a sea of peace and friendship littoral states were confronted with a situation where the Caspian Navy Forces were formally involved in the hostilities outside the region. On October 7, 2015, for the first time in the history of […]
February 23, 2016

Overview of Prospects for the Central Asia–Afghanistan Energy Cooperation*

Afghanistan is one of those cases where security, energy and economic development are so closely inter-related. Without any single link of the chain ensuring political stability, economic prosperity and social security in the country would be highly problematic. At the moment, due to limited energy production capacity the country is […]
February 23, 2016

China’s the Belt and Road Risk Assessment Issue

In recent years China has begun to seeking for a greater role for itself in the international order. Beijing’s intention to strengthen its global position caused launching a number of multilateral initiatives, namely, the Belt and Road Initiative, which includes the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk […]