International Relations

December 28, 2020

European Union’s Engagement with Kyrgyzstan: A Brief Overview

The European Union (EU) has always been an active actor in the Central Asian region. Since the early independence years, the EU supported the region with its technical assistance (TACIS) and later with its Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI). In 2007, the EU enacted its first Central Asia strategy that defined […]
December 28, 2020

How to Address the Issue of Skill Gap: The Case of Pakistan

According to the International Labour Organization (2020), global young unemployment (15-24 years) rate is 13.6% globally. The number of youth that are unemployed and do not have an education or professional training, continues to in-crease. It means that the young generation requires an access to education and development of relevant […]
December 25, 2020

Potential of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership for Asia Pacific

On 15 November 2020, 15 countries of the Asia Pacific region entered into the largest free trade agreement in history, known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Envisioned to be the framework for facilitating trade and services, the RCEP aspires to transform the future global trading system by introducing […]
December 22, 2020

An Overview of Turkey’s Policy towards the Balkans

The Balkans, which were first used by the Ottomans as a geographical and political concept, are defined as the steep land consisting of forests and mountains. Despite different views on the borders of the Balkans, according to the generally accepted approach, the peninsula, which consists of an area of 1 […]
December 14, 2020

Kazakhstan’s Trade Relations in the Eurasian Economic Union: Developments in the Automotive Sector

The sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union (EU) and some western countries due to the annexation of Crimea, alongside with the decline in oil prices in the first years after the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) coincided with had a negative impact on the EEU.   […]
December 10, 2020

Analysis of Bilateral Trade between Russia and Uzbekistan

Trade is an important factor that links countries and industries. Moreover, it stimulates economic growth, reduces poverty and drives globalization. Trade ties play an important role for forming regional trade agreements. Many countries develop special trade stimulating programs. In Central Asia, countries pay special attention to the development of export-oriented […]
December 10, 2020

Taiwan’s Concerns amid the U.S.-China Strains

China’s military maneuvers in the Taiwanese airspace in mid-September 2020 act as a reminder that cross-strait relations remain among the important issues in the Asia Pacific. Triggered by the visit of the U.S. high-level delegation to Taiwan, the People Liberation Army’s demonstrative flight made the Taiwanese government worry about the […]
December 10, 2020

Convergence or Divergence: COVID-19 Crisis as Crossroad for Central Asia

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a tremendous global economic shock jeopardizing the development and economic growth accumulated in recent years. According to the latest World Bank’s economic prospects, the world is about to face a 5.2% of global GDP decline in 2020, which would be the most severe recession since […]
November 17, 2020

Iran-China Relations within the Framework of A Possible New 25-Year Agreement

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced in July 2020 that they were negotiating on a deal with China that represented as 25-year strategic agreement. Although the details of this agreement is not disclosed to public but according to news circulating in media this deal includes mainly economic and energy […]
November 5, 2020

European Union – China Cooperation: Values versus Trade

On September 14, 2020, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Charles Michel, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen conducted negotiations with Chinese President Xi Jinping via video conference. This high-level online meeting took place instead of a summit to be held in Leipzig, where the leaders of […]