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International Security Advisory Board and Its Misplaced Focus

North Korea and weapons of mass destruction

North Korea and weapons of mass destruction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By  and Heritage Foundation, August 31, 2012

The U.S. and its allies face many grave dangers today, including the spread of ballistic missiles and nuclear know-how. The International Security Advisory Board (ISAB), designed to provide independent analysis and advisement regarding such issues for the Secretary of State, recently published a report titled “Mutual Assured Stability: Essential Components and Near Term Actions.” The report’s recommendations, however, are almost exclusively focused on improving relations with Russia and largely ignore the risks associated with a nuclear North Korea and Iran… (more) http://ow.ly/1meftz

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European Union Commissioner for Energy to visit Azerbaijan

Günther H. Oettinger, former (until 2010-02-10...

Günther H. Oettinger, former (until 2010-02-10) Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

E. Kosolapova  (Trend), European Geopolitical Forum, August 31, 2012

European Union Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger will travel to Azerbaijan on 1-2 September, EU office in Baku reported on Friday.

“In Baku he will hold meetings with President Ilham Aliyev, Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Energy and Industry Natig Aliyev and other officials. After the visit to Azerbaijan, the Commissioner will travel to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan,” the EU office said… (more) http://ow.ly/1meftx

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GPF Europe: Turkish company prepares shipyard project for Turkmenistan

Map showing Turkmenistan with Uzbekistan to th...

Map showing Turkmenistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

H.Hasanov (Trend), European Geopolitical Forum,  August 17, 2012

Turkish Cotam Enterprises, which is a long-term partner of Turkmenistan, has offered new projects for consideration, an official Turkmen source said on Wednesday.

The presentation was attended by the company’s head Muammer Agym at a high level recent working visit of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to Turkey.

The information says project of construction of shipyard and its master plan was presented first of all… (more) http://ow.ly/1m0Xx6

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GPF Europe: Turkmenistan, Russia sign agreement in navigation field

Map showing Turkmenistan with Uzbekistan to th...

Map showing Turkmenistan with Uzbekistan to the north (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

European Geopolitical Forum

(Trend H.Hasanov)

A sea agreement was signed in Moscow, following a meeting of Russian-Turkmen intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation, media outlets reported on Thursday citing the press service of the Russian government.

The document was signed between the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and the State Service of Maritime and River Transport of Turkmenistan and is concerned with delegation of authority for the services to conduct surveys of ships and documentation in accordance with the requirements of international treaties relating to merchant shipping.

(more) http://ow.ly/1lOvzD

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ACUS: The ‘pivot to Asia’ strategy takes a pounding

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jorge Benitez, NATOSource, July 19, 2012

From Chris Carroll, Stars and Stripes:  The Obama administration’s “pivot to Pacific,” a strategy now rebranded with the more neutral-sounding “rebalance,” was in the crosshairs Thursday of scholars and strategists who think the United States should keep its foreign policy center of gravity firmly in Europe. (more) http://ow.ly/1luM4F

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