July 31, 2017

Geopolitical Implications of India’s and Pakistan’s Accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

During the Astana Summit held on June 8, 2017, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) granted full membership status to India and Pakistan. As a result, the SCO now includes four defacto nuclear power states that increase the military and economic potential of the organization. However, it remains to be seen […]
July 26, 2017

Recent Trends in Fiscal Policy in the Economy of Kazakhstan

As it is well known, the economy of Kazakhstan is highly dependent on extractive industries, which has implications for coordinating fiscal policy. During 2014- 2016, Kazakhstan’s oil and gas revenues decreased by almost two thirds. This sharp decline made it necessary for the Government to reconsider the implications of the […]
July 19, 2017

Current Trends in Higher Education Development in Russia

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has undertaken several educational reform measures in order to find the balance between the Soviet legacy and Western model of higher education. Starting from 1992, numerous reforms have been made in the Russian higher education system with the aim of making the […]
July 11, 2017


For a successful development of an economy, there is a need for vibrant labor mobility, which could secure the balance of labor supply and labor demand. In 2016, according to the Russian Federate State Statistics Service (FSSS), by attracting 12.2 million labor migrants, Russia became the second largest migrant receiving […]
July 5, 2017

Current Developments in Trade between Azerbaijan and the European Union

As one of the main global political and economic actors, the European Union (EU) has a special place in Azerbaijan’s foreign policy, which adheres to a multivector cooperation and partnership. The relationship between the two parties dates back to 1991. These relations are based on the EU-Azerbaijan Partnership and Cooperation […]
June 28, 2017

Evaluation of Recent Developments in the China-Europe Railway Express

The China-Europe Railway Express (CR Express), which includes rail links connecting Chinese cities and European countries, is an international railway transportation service organized by China Railway. The CR Express, which provides great opportunities for rapid, high quality and convenient transportation of goods, is an alternative trade route to Europe for […]
June 21, 2017

The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming the World

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of global objectives aimed at achieving tenable and poverty-free world by 2030. The SDGs is a successor of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), an international agenda aimed at halving world poverty, stopping […]
June 14, 2017

The Russian Caspian Transport and Logistics Complex Project: Problems and Prospects

In the beginning of 2000s, Russia declared the development of the country’s seaports as one of its national priorities. In 2002, by launching the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) aimed at managing an increase in trade between India and North Europe and connecting the Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf and the […]
June 14, 2017

Does China Seek the Geopolitical Agenda of the SCO?

The SCO was established in 2001 by six Eurasian states (China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) and has progressed fairly quickly from its inception to become a relatively prominent regional player. In December 2004 it gained official observer’s status at the UN General Assembly. According to its Charter, the […]
June 7, 2017

The U.S. Withdrawal from the TPP: New Opportunities for China

he Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is one of the Obama Administration’s ambitious economic initiatives aimed to form new guidelines to govern trade and investment opportunities among the member countries, namely, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam.