Christopher Harmer, Institute for the Study of War, July 31, 2012
The Syrian port of Tartus is the only naval base outside of the former Soviet Union still held by the Russian military, and the Russian government has asserted its strategic significance. The port of Tartus holds particular significance to Russia as a defensible position through which to accomplish a political goal. http://ow.ly/1lLjBp
Tsarist Prime Minister Pyotr Stolypin, who engineered the “Coup” of June 1907 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Nikolas Sluchevsky, Project Syndicate, July 31, 2012
In 1906, Pyotr Stolypin, my great-grandfather, was appointed Prime Minister of Imperial Russia. Among his first undertakings was a series of agricultural reforms aimed at creating a new class of smallholding farmers. Five years later, the population had grown by 18.5 million, far exceeding the previous growth rate; Russia had become the largest exporter of grain to Europe; and roughly three million private farmers had joined the new rural middle class.
Jan Techau, Carnegie Institute, July 31, 2012
For many of those who believe a positive and constructive outcome will arise from Europe’s political and economic crisis, one argument has become increasingly popular over the years to back up their optimism. It is the “sheer necessity” argument. It basically stipulates that, in the end, European leaders will do the right thing because they have to. Circumstances, so the argument goes, will force rational people with a strong will to survive to do all kinds of difficult, painful, unpopular things, because there is, after all the silly things have been said and done, really only one sensible way to go. (more) http://ow.ly/1lL2py
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Turkmenistan Location (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
GPF Europe: Turkmenistan, Russia to discuss economic cooperation
Russia and Turkmenistan are the largest natural gas exporters in the CIS. Russia ranks third in Turkmenistan’s total turnover for the first three months of 2012 and the turnover amounted to $1.235.41 billion.
Cooperation in the field of the fuel and energy complex is a strategic direction in relations between the two countries.