Foreign Policy

July 19, 2021

Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine: Not In the Commonwealth Of Independent States Any More, Not In the European Union Yet

Since recently, Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia have been engaging in active mutual cooperation in their pursuit of European integration. All three states signed their respective association agreements with the “European Union (“EU”)” in 2014. On June 24, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the three countries held meetings with the […]
June 9, 2021

Sadyr Japarov’s Era in Kyrgyzstan: An Evaluation on Foreign Policy and Economic Developments

The constitutional amendment referendum and local council elections (kenesh) were held together in Kyrgyzstan on April 11th 2021. According to the Kyrgyzstan Central Election Commission (CEC), while 1.295.096 people (39.09%) voted in the local council elections, 1.338.717 people (37.12%) voted for the referendum in 2.483 ballot boxes throughout the country. […]
May 12, 2021

Enhancing the Capacity of the Korday-Ak Zhol Checkpoint: Implications for Bilateral Cooperation

On April 2, 2021, the major border checkpoint at Kazakh-Kyrgyz international boundary – the Korday-Ak Zhol was opened after renovation by Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin and Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Ulukbek Maripov. During the opening ceremony, which was part of the ninth meeting of the intergovernmental council, counterparts […]
May 11, 2021

The Commonwealth of Independent States and Three Decades of Regional Cooperation in the Post-Soviet Space

December 2021 will mark 30 years since the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) was founded. The “Agreement Establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States” signed by the leaders of the Byelorussian SSR, the Russian SFSR, and the Ukrainian SSR on December 8, 1991, gave birth to the organization [Prlib.ru, 1991]. On […]
May 10, 2021

Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process

“Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process” (HoA-IP) is a joint initiative of Afghanistan and Turkey, announced 10 years ago at the 2011 conference in Istanbul. This initiative is aimed at strengthening regional security, economic and political cooperation with Afghanistan through dialogue and confidence-building measures. Within the framework of this joint […]
April 6, 2021

South Korea’s Immigration Policy and the End of Demographic Isolationism

South Korea is an outlier among high-in-come countries in terms the share of immigrants in the population. According to the UN Population Division statistics, immigrants made only 2.3% of the population of the Republic of Korea in 2019, which is nowhere near as much as other developed countries have (14%). […]
March 19, 2021

Global Arms Trade and Implications for the Central Asian Region

A few weeks ago, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the leading international research institute on armed conflict, military expenditure and arms trade, presented its extensive annual Arms Industry Database for 2019 that elucidates the current state of affairs in the field of development and transfer of military technology […]
March 12, 2021

Rethinking Global Cooperation in the Fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, which still raises many questions regarding its origin and date of spread, has continued to be a global crisis for the past year with the risks, dangers and devas-tating consequences in all areas. Although panic and fear prevalent at the beginning of the pandemic has decreased with […]
February 28, 2021

Turkey’s Asia Anew Initiative

When we look at the trade balances and trends around the world, we see that the center of the global economy is shifting towards the Asian countries as a result of the steady growth of the economies in the Asian continent. These developments show the necessity of many countries to […]
January 17, 2021

Kazakhstan Responds To Recent “Territorial Claims”

In the early days of December, as the entire nation of Kazakhstan was preparing to celebrate the 29th anniversary of independence amidst the fears of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictive measures it might bring in, the blatant statement by a Russian Member of Parliament had severely […]