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A brief presentation of the Quadrilateral Cooperation And Coordination Mechanism

Claudiu-Andrei Racoviţă On the 3rd of august 2016, a new important alliance was formed in Asia – the Quadrilateral Cooperation And Coordination Mechanism – between China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan in order to combat terrorism.  The inauguration meeting took place in Urumqi, the capital of the autonomous Chinese region Xinjiang, an event which brought together… Continue reading A brief presentation of the Quadrilateral Cooperation And Coordination Mechanism

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CASA-1000: perspectives

Project description The Central Asia-South Asia power project, commonly known by the acronym CASA-1000, is a $1.16 billion project currently under construction that will allow for the export of surplus hydroelectricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The CASA-1000 project will include: 500kV AC line from Datka (in the Kyrgyz Republic) to Sugd-500… Continue reading CASA-1000: perspectives

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Romania Assumes the Energy Charter Conference Presidency – Objectives and Responsibilities

Between the 28th-29th of November 2017, the Romanian delegation led by the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Energy, Robert Tudorache, attended the 28th Energy Charter Conference, organized by the Turkmen Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Energy Charter Secretariat in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The main talking points of the 52 national delegations and 10… Continue reading Romania Assumes the Energy Charter Conference Presidency – Objectives and Responsibilities

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Crimea: strategic importance and post-annexation transformations (2014-2017)

The annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation triggered a change in the regional balance of power, affecting the entire Extended Black Sea Area. Post annexation transformations  Strategically, through the militarization of the Crimean Peninsula, initiated in March 2014, Russia can generate major security risks by deploying Anti-Access / Area Denial Capabilities (A2/AD). These “umbrellas”… Continue reading Crimea: strategic importance and post-annexation transformations (2014-2017)

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Diplomatic meeting on the future of the nuclear agreement with Iran

During the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, held in New York on September 12- September 25, 2017, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif raised the issue of non-acceptance of the nuclear agreement by the United States of America. He discussed on the future of the nuclear agreement with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson along… Continue reading Diplomatic meeting on the future of the nuclear agreement with Iran

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Oil price and management of the ruble’s influence from Moscow perspective

The Russian Federation wants its national currency to no longer act like a petrocurrency (national currency of a producing oil country which fluctuates directly proportional to the price of oil). On 5 June 2017, Deputy Finance Minister Vladimir Kolychev declared that, as a result of the operations implemented by the Finance Ministry, the dependency of… Continue reading Oil price and management of the ruble’s influence from Moscow perspective

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The conflict between Kurds and the Turkish government is experiencing new developments

Tensions between the Kurdish population and the Ankara government continue to cause incidents even after more than 33 years since the Kurdistan Workers' Party began the armed resistance in Turkey. After the ceasefire  between Turkey and the PKK, more than 2,000 people died in the clashes between Turkish security forces and party supporters. The coup… Continue reading The conflict between Kurds and the Turkish government is experiencing new developments