22.06.2008 KERKORIAN BUYS MORE SHARES OF FORD
Just two days after a meeting with top executives at Ford Motor, the financier Kirk Kerkorian disclosed Thursday that he had increased his stake in the automaker by another 20 million shares. Kerkorian's Tracinda Corp. said in a regulatory filing that it had increased its stake in Ford to 6.49 percent from about 5.6 percent. Tracinda now owns 140.8 million shares of Ford, putting Kerkorian's investment in the company at an estimated $1 billion. The move by Kerkorian, 91, comes after a meeting Tuesday in Las Vegas with Ford's executive chairman, William Ford Jr., and its chief executive, Alan Mulally. Ford Motor described the 90-minute meeting as positive, and said it welcomed the confidence that Kerkorian had shown in its turnaround efforts.
12.06.2008 THE AZERBAIJAN-TURKEY-US RELATIONSHIP AND ITS IMPORTANCE FOR EURASIA
On December 10, 2007, the Washington D.C. hosted a conference on “The Azerbaijan – Turkey – US Relationship and its importance to Eurasia” organized by the Azerbaijan-Turkey Business Association (ATIB), Hudson Institute’s Center for Eurasian Policy (CEP), and the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI) at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS. Being a continuation of ATIB’s mission to foster good relations first between Turkey and Azerbaijan, and then among Turkey, Azerbaijan, and other countries participants, mostly policymakers and analysts, were discussing the challenges and opportunities for their three countries in Eurasia. It is noteworthy that similar conference was organized by ATIB in Moscow in October to examine the Azerbaijan-Turkey- Russia trilateral relationship in Eurasia.
09.06.2008 ANTI-IRANIAN MOODS IN ARABIC CIRCLES
The Summit of the League of Arabic States (LAS) held on March 29-30, 2008 once again revealed contradictions between Iran and the Arabic World. The leading Arabic countries (in particular Saudi Arabia, the countries of Persian Gulf, Egypt, Jordan), which were to some extent taking American interests into consideration, are concerned with the fact of Iran’s active intervention in Arabic politics. Anti-Iranian tendency is not new in the Arabic World and is conditioned by political and religious factors. Iran is one of the exclusive Islamic states which has majority if Shiite population, whereas the main part of population of Arabic countries and the Islamic World on the whole profess Sunnism.
02.06.2008 THE KOSOVO PRECEDENT IS VERY DANGEROUS Interview with the “Noravank” Foundation expert Suren Movsisyan
-How is “the balance of geopolitical interests” on Karabakh conflict expressed today and what is its significance in the conflict settlement process?
- Nowadays there is no conflict to be completely settled, if there is no geopolitical balance. Accordingly, geopolitical balance is very important for the Karabakh conflict settlement as well. In spite of the fact that today along with the US China and Russia are also becoming more and more powerful (to a certain extent) the world still remains unipolar. The quicker these countries develop, more they may influence on geopolitical balance.
23.05.2008 ARMENIAN-ISRAELI RELATIONS: UP-TO-DATEDNESS AND PERSPECTIVES
According to the principle approved in social, scientific and political discourse of Armenia, the region situated to the south and south-west to us is to be called by a common geopolitical term “Near East.” Basing on this tradition we will make and attempt to reveal and study up-to-date relations and perspective development of the Republic of Armenia with one of the Near Eastern countries – Israel.
15.05.2008 THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE ISSUE AS ISRAEL INSTRUMENT OF PRESSURE
The discussions held in Knesset at the end of March and in the beginning of April over the possible recognition of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey created a big scandal not only in the country but also beyond its boarders. The issue was mainly struggled between two deputies: Zeev Elkin and Josef Shagal. On March 26 for the first time in Knesset was made a principal decision that the subject of the Armenian Genocide will be discussed by one of the commissions of the Israeli Parliament. On March 1 began discussions over which of the commissions will undertake further consideration of the issue. The first motion was introduced by Deputy Khaim Oron (MeReC).
08.05.2008 RUSSIA-CHINA: STRUGGLE FOR THE KAZAKH OIL (War of oil-pipelines)
Kazakhstan is the country number one by its oil reserves in the Pre-Caspian region. According to some information, 2/3 of the Caspian Sea oil is concentrated in the very coastal regions of Kazakhstan. That’s why the collapse of the Soviet Union was soon followed by the struggle for the control over the oil sector of Kazakhstan. If the participants of the first stage of the struggle were Russia and the US, than China joined them in the second stage. The Kazakh factor: After continuous negotiations and under the conditions of the US political inactivity, the Russian people managed to persuade the Kazaks to construct a new oil pipeline from the oil-rich Tengiz to Novorossisk.
11.04.2008 KOSOVO AS THE INSTRUMENT OF GLOBAL INFLUENCE
Self-declaration of Kosovo and the recognition of the republic by the leading powers will not only bring to far reaching consequences but is also the metamorphized reanimation of the American policy of the beginning of the previous century. Kosovo declared its independence on February 17. The new country was immediately and unilaterally recognized by Afghanistan, Japan, Belgium, France, Italy, Great Britain, Croatia, Germany and the US. This group was followed by a number of such European countries as Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. It is clear that the recognition of the self-declared country by the leading western countries inspired a number of other nations which consider the case of Kosovo a precedent.
21.01.2008 ON A NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS LEFT OUT OF COVERAGE IN 2007
The American authoritative analytical newspaper “Foreign policy” devoted the main article of its last issue of 2007 to the ten important developments and events left out of the coverage of international information and analytical circles. And this, in case, when a number of not elucidated developments can have an important role in the future international political developments.
26.12.2007 NEW GEOPOLITICAL REALITIES
From the standpoint of geopolitical developments the year of 2007 has been quite a steady one. The discussions on formation of multipolar system prevailing in the analytical community in the past were transformed from the theoretical surface to the real policy. One may state as a fact that the transitional stage of being transform from the unipolar into the multipolar lasted much less than it had been predicted. At the same time one could witness some new tendencies, which have come to prove (although indirectly) that the political formats of the newly drown multipolar world may differ from the ideas about it.
21.06.2007 The visit of the RF President V.Putin to Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan New restructuring on the regional energy map
As a result of his this visit paid to Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan on May 10-12 Vladimir Putin reached a number of important agreements mainly relating to developing cooperation among the countries in the energy field. The agreements reaches are also of political importance. During the last year our eye was stricken by a number noteworthy coincidences in the field of realizing programs of energy importance in the former USSR territory. Today, for example, the opening of Iran-Armenian gas pipeline is coinciding with the factual opening of Baku-Erzurum gas pipeline.
04.06.2007 Caucasus – 2006
One of these days in the Caucasian Institute of CMI was held an international scientific conference on the following subjects: what was the year 2006 like for the North and South Caucasus, what kind of political, social and economic developments were there to be traced in the North Caucasus and South Caucasian countries, how the developments of the previous year influenced on the region’s security problems? The conference was held by the participation of scientist, journalists and public figures from Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Russia and the US.
31.05.2007 World Public Thinks China Will Catch Up With the US—and That’s Okay
On May 29, 2007, the Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) convened a roundtable discussion to present the results of the eighth in a series of reports based on a poll of worldwide opinion on key global issues. The report was devoted to China and its role in world affairs. The meeting brought together citizens, members of leading think tanks, analysts, and media representatives. ACNIS director of research Stepan Safarian delivered opening remarks.
23.04.2007 Is the United States Losing Turkey?
Rajan Menon and S. Enders Wimbush
Even before the 2003 Iraqi campaign the US-Turkish relations entered a new phase, which has unprecedented logic until now against the background of American-Turkish traditional relationship during the whole second half of XX century. Here is the research paper published by the New American Foundation on US-Turkey relations and provided to Noravank Foundation by Richard Giragosian.
08.02.2007 The Good Old “National Issue” in the European Space: Enlarged Europe, New Realities
Since the beginning of the 1990s Europe seemed to have all the chances to move onward focusing on the concepts of transnational policy. This thesis gained a more practical significance especially within the last two decades, which was conditioned with the institutional development of the European community and the appearance of some sort of (but undoubtedly unprecedented) geopolitical continental consensus.
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