On March 24, 1999, Yevgeni Maximovich Primakov was heading to the United States for an official visit. Midway over the Atlantic Ocean, the Russian Prime Minister learned the combined forces of NATO had started bombing Serbia, a close ally. Primakov immediately ordered the plane to turn around, and returned to Moscow in a manoeuvre dubbed “Primakov’s Loop”.

Published in Russia

It is entirely common for a federal government to make budgetary promises to improve infrastructure. Indeed, every country around the world is full with both promises and jokes lampooning said promises to ‘fix roads, fill potholes, and make it easier to get around and do business.’

Published in Central Asia

In full-fledged preparation for the official launch of BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) as an extraordinary highlight event during the July Summit under his chairmanship, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ratified an agreement on the establishment of a $100 billion BRICS pool of currency reserves, according to a document published early May on Kremlin’s official website.

Published in Economy

While China has accepted human security as a new framework to study modern security challenges, it has been very busy trying to show how the implications of human security can be intrusive and even invasive of state sovereignty.

Published in Intelligence

In the nineteenth century Europe's key cultural impact on China has probably been its influence in modernizing the Chinese state. In the 1870s and 1880s, Chinese engineers who visited Europe realized in no time that Europe's successes were not just due to technological advances but were more deeply rooted.

Published in East Asia

“I predict that it is in Asia where the fate of the future will be decided.”-Tsar Alexander III

Needless to say, forecasts are extremely difficult to make in international relations, and all the more so when so many factors are in play. The author does not have any special information that he could use to forecast the future. The different miniscenarios are very wide and therefore any of these could reasonably, or unreasonably, be expected to occur.

Published in East Asia

Walcott, S. M. and Johnson, C. (eds.) (2013) Eurasian Corridors of Interconnection: From the South China to the Caspian Sea. 1st edn. United Kingdom: Routledge

Eurasian Corridors of Interconnection: From the South China to the Caspian Sea provides a comprehensive outlook on the Eurasian region set between the Caucasus countries and China.

Published in Eastern Europe

China’s $40-billion Silk Road Fund for investment, part of the nation’s commitment to the Belt and Road initiative, announced its first project on April 20 during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Islamabad.

Published in Economy

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