The ongoing war in Syria coupled with the United States’ failure to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a radical Muslim cleric indicted by Turkish prosecutors for, among a plethora of other grave offenses, staging last year’s attempted coup d’etat against the democratically elected government of Turkey, have badly deteriorated bilateral cooperation between the two nations.
By Peter Tase
The Islamic World has three principal vehicles of artistic expression and such a cultural wealth can be tremendously appreciated in the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan (Azerbaijan), all of its artistic components including: architecture (Ajami Nakhchivani, a XII Century architect and designer of: Yusif ibn Kuseyir tomb, Momine Khatun Mausoleum, Nakhchivan Juma Mosque, to mention a few), the arts of the book (illustration and calligraphy founded by Nashavi Haddad ibn Assim, Izzaddin Abulfazi Doblatshah known as-Sahibi, Afig Ordubadi, Mirza Mahammad Ordubadi and others) and the arts of the object (including metalwork, ceramics, woodwork, textiles and glass). All of these revered forms of artistic expression were recently experienced by Mr. David Santulli, president of United Planet, a nonprofit
1. Peter Tase: ¿Cual es su opinión sobre las relaciones bilaterales comerciales entre Perú y EE.UU.?
Eduardo Mindreau: La balanza comercial a fines del 2012 fue negativa para el Perú en alrededor de US$ 1,495.5 millones. En mi opinión, esto ocurrió en parte por medidas que el gobierno estadounidense sigue ejecutando para superar la crisis financiera, como la reducción de importaciones. Sobre esto, Jürgen Schuldt, reconocido economista de nuestra casa de estudios, plantea la posibilidad de que el Perú esté ayudando a mejorar la balanza comercial de Estados Unidos por pequeña que sea su contribución. Por lo tanto, podíamos afirmar que las relaciones bilaterales no son recíprocas del todo.
2. PT: ¿Qué impacto ha tenido la industria del turismo en la economía peruana durante los últimos 3 años?
EM: Un impacto significativo. El turismo en el Perú viene aumentando por encima del resto de países de la región lo que ha generado una mejora de nuestra economía ya que aumentaron los puestos de trabajo y el comercio interno. Sin embargo, para poder hacer sostenible este crecimiento es recomendable mejorar ciertos aspectos evidentes como una mayor infraestructura, facilidades de sanidad, mayor protección de nuestros recursos naturales y mejorar seguridad ciudadana; así como el potenciamiento de otros atractivos turísticos del país con el fin de distribuir el crecimiento.
3. PT: ¿Cómo se pueden resumir las relaciones comerciales entre Perú y Chile, y Perú y Colombia?
EM: Nuestras relaciones con Chile y Colombia siempre han estado guiadas por la búsqueda de una integración regional que permita una mayor circulación de bienes, servicios, capitales y personas. Creo que iniciativas como la eliminación del requisito de visas para los empresarios y la creación de una bolsa de valores conjunta entre Chile, Perú y Colombia (Mercado Integrado Latinoamericano –MILA) pueden dar fe de esa intención.
Baku, September 30, AZERTAC
“Transforming of Journalism for the Information Age and its Role in Ensuring Inter-Civilizational Dialogue” round table has been held as part of the 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum.
Organized by AZERTAC, the round table focused on the formation of alternative models of journalism in the information society, the role of modern journalism in ensuring intercultural, inter-faith and inter-civilizational dialogue, and the significance of virtual journalism and the role of social networks in the context of the challenges of modern society.
In his opening remarks, AZERTAC Director General Aslan Aslanov said: “The capital of Azerbaijan has hosted this Forum since 2011, which aims to build an authoritative international platform for world scientists and culture figures as well as acclaimed experts to discuss pressing global humanitarian challenges.” “In these two days, the capital of Azerbaijan traditionally turns into an “intellectual Davos” as it brings together many Nobel Prize winners, politicians and scientists,” he added.
Titled “The formation of alternative models of journalism in the information society”, the first panel session was moderated by First Deputy Director General of the Russian news agency TASS Mikhail Gusman. He thanked President Ilham Aliyev, the government of Azerbaijan and the Heydar Aliyev Foundation for “the excellent” organization of the Forum.
Mr. Gusman highlighted the use of technologies in modern journalism, as well as favourable opportunities for media development.
Speakers included Deputy Director General of UNESCO Engida Getachew, Chief of Office of the Rector of ADA University Shafag Mehraliyeva, Managing Director of IRNA News Agency Mohammad Khodadi, founder of Globalist international affairs magazine Yusof Hashim, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Fana Broadcasting Corporate Woldu Baraki, and CEO of The Three B Limited Japan`s World Investors TV Kazuyasu Ishida.
The second panel meeting was called “The role of modern journalism in ensuring intercultural, inter-faith and inter-civilizational dialogue”. It was moderated by International Programs Assistant at Marquette University, USA, international relations expert Peter Tase. Speakers at this panel included President of Argentina`s Télam National News Agency Rodolfo Pousa, Director General of AZERTAC Aslan Aslanov, PR and Media Manager at Slovakian International Habitat for Humanity Ekaterina Bezgachina, former President of Croatia Ivo Josipovic, Associate Professor at International Journalism Department, Baku State University, Tarana Mahmudova, Head of Internet Studies Problems at the Institute of Information Technologies Rasim Mahmudov.
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By: Peter Tase, Guest Scholar at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes has prioritized efforts to link Paraguay closer to the Asia-Pacific countries as a major component of his overall strategic objective. Despite this prioritization, the country’s foreign ministry has made few concrete steps towards reaching out to grasp President Cartes’ aspiration. Asunción’s meager assets certainly make the goal challenging, but the country’s Foreign Ministry has failed to explore several options, particularly improved bilateral relations with Bolivia.
Paraguay faces the fundamental challenge of an unfavorable geographic position. Along with Bolivia, it is one of the two landlocked countries of South America. This geographic limitation has forced Asunción to resort to political pressure and regional foreign policy management to build global economic connections. The Bolivian border holds unexplored potential for Paraguayan exports and economic growth. La Paz could provide a pathway for Paraguay’s agricultural products to gain access to all of the markets in the Andean region, as well as the ten member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), where Paraguayan products are in high demand. Establishing closer ties with Bolivia would help Paraguay avoid its normally troubled trade routes through Argentina, which often have proved to be problematic and have caused a great deal of frustration of Paraguayan trade ambitions. Paraguayan export-import companies whose shipments pass through Argentinean territory are subject to extensive searches by border patrol and are often delayed by port authorities in Buenos Aires.  Despite the improvements in trade, poverty levels, and economic integration that a shift toward Bolivia would bring, some critics maintain that the Paraguayan Foreign Ministry has done little to increase trade relations with La Paz. 
By Peter Tase
April 21, 2015
Julfa region of the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan is home of the Alinjagala Castle atop of the mountain that carries the same name. The fortress is located on the right banks of Alinjachay. According to the ancient sources this historic landmark has been identified with the names of: “Erinjag”, “Erinjik”, “Alanjik”, “Alinja”, “Alanjug”. For Basrad Pashayev, a local scholar and journalist, the name of Alinjagala is related to the old Turkish word “alan” having in mind the meaning of “plain land” that is because of the location where the castle was built which happens to be flat. “Alinjak” means “taking off your hand”, it is also related with the invincibility of the fortress. There are various versions about the construction of Alinjagala.
Rui Gonzales Clavico, the ambassador of Henry III, king of Castilla, as a Spanish diplomat to the government of Teymurilar in 1403 – 06 describes Alinjagala with the following: “Alinjagala is situated on a high and precipitous mountain surrounded by walls and towers. Within the walls, towards the mountain slopes down there are vineyards, gardens, cornfields, springs and pools. Based to ancient historical sources the castle was built over two thousand years ago. Other historians explain that the castle was built on the period of Sasani Government during the III and VII centuries. According to middle age sources, Alinjagala was described as a strong fortification and Alinja was considered as a fortress, mountain and river. Various historians such as Asoghik (928-1019), Sharafaddin Ali Yazdi (XV Century), Evliya Chelebi (XVII Century) and others have widely written about Alinja. The extraordinary view of the Alinjagala (Alanjik) fortress attracts many foreign visitors. It is the symbol of strength, military strategy and for centuries has been a critical geostrategic castle. The walls of Alinjagala castle begin from the slopes of the Alinja Mountain and rise until fully embracing the top of the mount…………………………………..
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Tue 31 March 2015 07:43 GMT | 2:43 Local Time
he armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan started as the Soviet Union was falling apart. At this time the ethnic Armenians in Azerbaijan’s province of Nagorno-Karabakh rallied to join Armenia. In front of this situation Moscow, according to the Foreign Affairs Magazine, “armed both sides and played them against each other, turning a local dispute over the status of a territory inhabited by 90,000 people into a regional war.”
For nearly six years, the newly independent countries of Armenia and Azerbaijan fought over this territory, leaving 30,000 dead and creating approximately a million refugees. Ultimately, Yerevan was victorious, and it took control of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven other districts in the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan. These aggressive actions of Armenia, which continue to affect this region until the present, are of unprecedented proportions in the world history, not only for the loss of human lives but also for violating four of the UN Security Council Resolutions and over all conducting a protracted warfare for more than two decades by constantly breaching, unilaterally, the cease fire that was brokered in 1994.
It must be noted that from time to time, Moscow has provided information and armaments to Armenia while encouraging the latter to continue with its provocative attitude. According to Foreign Policy Magazine “Russia has thousands of troops stationed in Armenia, it runs the country’s air defenses, and it controls key elements of its economy and infrastructure. As long as Moscow backs Yerevan, Baku can do little to make peace with its neighbor.”
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What is the contribution of The United States of America in resolving the Nagorno – Karabakh conflict: Is it really important for the U.S. to settle this conflict?