Furthering South-Asian Economic Integration

The aim of this article is to cast light on the positive processes of south-Asian economic integration. It is divided into two principal parts. The first one is intended to describe the state of economic cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan focusing on the new transit trade agreement and on its capabilities to turn these two countries into a fundamental junction of the south-Asian trade. The second one concerns regional integration’s projects with a special focus on the energy field, which could result in the building of physical links in terms of gas and oil pipelines throughout the south-central Asian continent as well as in the satisfaction of the growing energy needs of countries like India and Pakistan. These two sections will be followed by a conclusion in which I’ll try to sum up the current state of the integration, underlining the weaknesses of this process and the main obstacles that it has to face.

ISLAMISM VERSUS ISLAM ?

Claudio Mutti interviewed by Leonid Savin (“Geopolitika”)   - Mr. Mutti we would like to discuss with you about phenomena of political islam and activity around...

Abkhazia, complete trust in Sergej V. Bagapsh

Abkhazia has long ago chosen its own direction, and the public reliance towards the current leadership is an important resource to rule this very particular country. Indeed, Abkhazia will soon clarify the main targets of its economic development, focusing especially on tourism and agronomy. Today, thanks to the improved political stability, there seems to be all the requirements for highly profitable investments, as stated in these days Christina Ozgan, the local Minister of Economy. For a long time, regional conflicts and international tensions have hampered the development of an extremely varied landscape which proved to be very interesting for different business initiatives. But today, in sight of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, few miles from the Abkhazian border, Sergej Bagapsh and his government could show to the international community the reality of a finally resurrected Abkhazia.

The war for South Ossetia

The Russian counteroffensive has brought some political advantages to Moscow , though a small deferment in closing the operations might have optimized them. First of all, Saakashvili has been destabilized: he will have to bear responsibility for having set off a conflict they have ruinously lost, even if he will try to politically optimize the “victim” aura. Secondly, the US’ prestige—and secondly EU’s one —has endured remarkable backlashes in the region. Today facts have showed how much the balance of military power in the Caucasus leans undoubtedly towards Moscow. Moscow’s third success lies in putting off Georgia’s admission to the NATO. If Georgia had been a NATO member, today Europe and the US should have either engaged in the third world war or lost their face before the whole world. Reason for which Georgia’s entrance in the NATO has always been dependent on settling the Abkhazian and Ossetian problems. Now more than ever these problems are serious and their possible consequences obvious.

Palestine claims full recognition to the U.N.

Just few days ago, some news about Palestine claiming its full national recognition within the United Nation Organisation reached the media. The 15-member Security...

IN YAHWEH WE TRUST: A DIVINE FOREIGN POLICY OF THE USA

It was largely the Biblical message that stood at the origin of the American endeavor to "make the world safe for democracy." Contrary to...

PRIME MINISTER VIKTOR ORBÁN’S SPEECH AT A MEETING OF THE HEADS OF HUNGARY’S DIPLOMATIC...

Budapest, 7 September 2015 Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for giving me the floor, Péter. Allow me to welcome former minister János Martonyi, and...

The other Sakinehs

Those women don't have oriental names, are not Muslim and don't carry a veil on their heads. Strikingly, that seems sufficient so that millions of “human rights activists” that cry shame for Ms. Ashtiani, take no interest in their cause. here’s no difficulty in understanding why leading media of NATO countries have given so much emphasis (and distortion) to Ashtiani affair, while with unbelievable coldness they have been silent of Lewis case until a few days before execution. There’s no difficulty in understanding why Western public opinion easily mobilize to defend a condemned in a Muslim country, but ignore her counterpart in a Christian one. Because it is easier to see the straw in someone else’s eye, that admit to have a beam in one’s own.

Africa in the Multipolar System

In the new multipolar structure, fully in the consolidation phase, Africa risks becoming, for economic and geostrategic reasons, the stakes between the western system, led by the US, and the Euro-Asiatic powers, Russia, China and India. In order to prevent and block that possibility, and especially to take on a decisive global in the medium and long term, the continental integration of Africa represents a need and a challenge which the African ruling classes are urgently called to answer. Such integration must probably be configured on a regional basis, following three principal lines: from the Mediterranean, from the Indian Ocean and from the Atlantic Ocean.

U.S. strategy in Eurasia and drug production in Afghanistan

In order to address properly, without any ideological prejudice, but with intellectual honesty, the question about drug production in Afghanistan and the related international problems, it is necessary and useful to define (even if in broad terms) the geopolitical framework and to further clarify certain concepts, usually assumed to be understood and widely shared.
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