The issue opens with an article on Ukrainian theme which examines Kiev’s struggle to preserve the transit of Russian gas through Ukrainian territory. The authors of the issue pay great attention to current political events in the CIS countries – they analyze the results of parliamentary elections in Moldova and Armenia, activities of US private grant foundations and NGOs in the states of South Caucasus. The researchers also focus on the current problems of Central Asia. Two articles of the issue are devoted to the impact of the Afghan crisis on the situation in the countries of this region. The prospects of regional cooperation in Central Asia and Chinese influence in Tajikistan are also analyzed. Considerable attention is paid to the Second Karabakh War and its consequences. Four articles of the issue are devoted to the study of various aspects of the armed conflict in 2020 in Nagorno-Karabakh. The authors analyze the geopolitical consequences of the Second Karabakh War for the countries of the South Caucasus, the position of the United States and the EU in relation to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, the prospects for normalization of relations between Baku and Yerevan, the prerequisites for Azerbaijan’s victory in Nagorno-Karabakh. The scientists also consider Turkey’s policy towards Ukraine and the political aspect of the Belarusian-Ukrainian economic relations.