Thursday 29 November 2007
November 22, 2007
Turkmenistan Returns To The Stage In Hosting CIS Summit
November 22, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The CIS is coming to Turkmenistan, but is Turkmenistan coming back to the CIS? That is one of the big questions as the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, hosts a meeting of the Commonwealth of Independent States for the first time in nearly 15 years.
November 12, 2007
EU Panel Weighs Prospects Of Caucasus-Caspian Region
BRUSSELS, November 12, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- A panel of eminent political figures from the European Union, its neighboring countries, and the United States will today release a report outlining a "future vision" for the Caucasian-Caspian region and its links to the rest of the world.
November 03, 2007
Central Asia Looks To Build New 'Silk Roads'
The $18.7 billion program will result in new roads and rail links. (RFE/RL) November 3, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Eight member countries of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program have agreed to a strategy to improve Central Asia's transport infrastructure.
October 29, 2007
Baku 'Prevents Major Attack' On Western Embassies
BAKU, October 29, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- A spokesman for Azerbaijan's Ministry of National Security says Azerbaijani security forces have prevented what he described as a major terrorist attack against important facilities and Western embassies in Baku.
October 26, 2007
Armenia: Azerbaijani Politicians Mull Implications Of Ter-Petrossian Comeback
Levon Ter-Petrossian -- preparing for a comeback? (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) October 26, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The possibility that Levon Ter-Petrossian, who served as Armenian president from the fall of 1991 until his forced resignation in February 1998, may announce his candidacy for the Armenian presidential ballot due in early 2008 has not only sent waves of shock and alarm through the incumbent Armenian leadership. It has also triggered speculation in Azerbaijan that the United States may back a presidential bid by Ter-Petrossian in the hope that he would adopt an unequivocally pro-Western position and help to undercut Russia's influence in the South Caucasus.
October 24, 2007
'My Only Thought Was To Escape Torture'
For nine days, police used electric shocks and bare fists to torture Aleksei Mikheyev for a nonexistent crime. While perhaps common in Russia, what happened next was not: Mikheyev took his case to the European Court of Human Rights -- and won.
October 22, 2007
Energy Relations To Dominate Ahmadinejad's Armenia Visit
October 22, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad arrives in Armenia today for a two-day visit. On the agenda is a natural-gas pipeline between the two countries and other energy issues. Federico Bordonaro, a senior analyst with the Rome-based Power and Interest News Report, spoke to RFE/RL about the geopolitical implications of the growing ties between Armenia and Iran.