‘Samarkand Spirit’ to be Driven by ‘Responsible Powers’ Russia and China

‘Samarkand Spirit’ to be Driven by ‘Responsible Powers’ Russia and China

Amidst serious tremors in the world of geopolitics, it is so fitting that this year’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) heads of state summit should have taken place in Samarkand – the ultimate Silk Road crossroads for 2,500 years. When in 329 BC Alexander the Great reached the then Sogdian city of Marakanda, part of the…

Pashinyan Has a Point About How Azerbaijan Sells Its Special Operation to Russia & the West

Pashinyan Has a Point About How Azerbaijan Sells Its Special Operation to Russia & the West

Azerbaijan’s dual messaging to Russia and the West might not just be driven by the short-term motivation of deterring criticism or the worst-case scenario of an intervention to stop its special operation, but by longer-term diplomatic goals. Is Baku Playing Both Sides? Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan shared some useful insight with parliament in response…

Poland’s Hyping Up the German Threat to Central Europe to Consolidate Its Regional Influence

Poland’s Hyping Up the German Threat to Central Europe to Consolidate Its Regional Influence

By dragging down Germany and thus weakening its influence over Central & Eastern Europe simultaneously with empowering Poland’s rise as a Great Power over that same strategic space, the US hopes to play their EuroLiberal and EuroRealist blocs off against one another in order to perpetually divide and rule the EU. An unmistakable trend is…

Greece Follows a Two-Faced Policy Toward Turkey

Greece Follows a Two-Faced Policy Toward Turkey

Greece designates the PKK as a terrorist organization, which is the same classification as ISIS. And yet, Greece protects and shelters a group who have slaughtered thousands of men, women, and children of their next-door neighbor. On September 10, two Greek Coast Guard boats opened fire on a Turkish cargo ship with an international crew…

“Russian Oil Price Cap”: the Middle East’s Perspective

“Russian Oil Price Cap”: the Middle East’s Perspective

Attempts by G7 countries to set a price limit on the sale of Russian oil on world markets are provoking reactions in the Middle East region, especially in oil-producing countries. In local analyst circles, the message promoted by the proponents of this idea that the demand for hydrocarbons has decreased, is not popular. The Americans…

The Queen and Her Legacy: 21st Century Britain has Never Looked So Medieval

The Queen and Her Legacy: 21st Century Britain has Never Looked So Medieval

Anyone in the UK who imagined they lived in a representative democracy – one in which leaders are elected and accountable to the people – will be in for a rude awakening over the next days and weeks. TV schedules have been swept aside. Presenters must wear black and talk in hushed tones. Front pages…