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Good Faith: Religious Dynamics in Albania
Politics

Good Faith: Religious Dynamics in Albania

Good Faith: Religious Dynamics in Albania Tom Ball discusses Albanian religious dynamics, their relation to Turkish influence and geopolitical interest  For nearly fifty years now China has pursued the policy of ‘stadium diplomacy’, providing African nations across the continent with football stadia on concessionary loans and sometimes even free of charge. Since the completion of … Continue reading

Nagorno-Karabakh: four days of conflict have interested Russia
conflict / Politics

Nagorno-Karabakh: four days of conflict have interested Russia

Givi Gigitashvili explains different interpretations of this seemingly intractable and complex frozen conflict on the edges of Europe, and how Russia might be trying to assert influence in the region, 22 years after the end of full-scale hostilities. Fallout between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh region has palpable traits of ethnic conflict. Although this … Continue reading

Georgia and the ICC: firm beginning, uncertain outcome
Development / Politics

Georgia and the ICC: firm beginning, uncertain outcome

  On January 27th, the International Criminal Court commissioned an inquiry, concerning the crimes committed during the armed conflict between Russia and Georgia, during the summer of 2008. Despite being criticized for exclusively targeting the African continent during its first years, the Court has not ceased to conduct fair and transparent trials, in the interest … Continue reading

Is Klaus Iohannis a “dilettante”?
Politics / Reports

Is Klaus Iohannis a “dilettante”?

            Earlier this month, the German newspaper Der Spiegel published an article describing Romanian President Klaus Iohannis as a “dilettante”.[1] The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “dilettante” as “a person whose interest in an art or an area of knowledge is not very deep or serious”.[2] Synonyms include “amateur”, “dabbler” and “aficionado”.[3] The point the German newspaper … Continue reading

Romania Is Becoming More Transparent Than a Fine Sieve: A Sudden Appetite for a Tech Extreme Makeover
Development / Economics / Politics

Romania Is Becoming More Transparent Than a Fine Sieve: A Sudden Appetite for a Tech Extreme Makeover

Romania is, by its unique nature, a country of the most astonishing paradoxes. In some senses it can be a true Galahad, pure in thought and deed, but from the other side appear like a misshapen troll. For instance, a recent tweet by Bernie Sanders provoked a spring of satisfaction in Romania. Continue reading

Censorship and ‘extremism’: The state of modern Russian media
Culture / Politics

Censorship and ‘extremism’: The state of modern Russian media

by Andrej Martirosjan Freedom of Speech in Russia: Russian media The freedom of the Russian media is currently a very frequent and important topic especially in the West. Given that to many it appears that Russia is basically waging an “information war” against the West, on topics including, for instance, the Ukrainian crisis, this is understandable. … Continue reading

PO-PIS: The Polish Show
Politics

PO-PIS: The Polish Show

 Piotr Popeda explains reforms introduced by Poland’s new government and questions whether Western criticism is warranted Downtown Warsaw  On the 25th of October 2015, Poland held parliamentary elections. After 8 years of uninterrupted government of the Civic Platform (PO) and the Polish People’s Party (PSL), the conservative party, Law and Justice (PIS) with its frontman, Jarosław Kaczyński and … Continue reading

Russia’s strategic culture or What are the odds of anything happening?
Development / Politics

Russia’s strategic culture or What are the odds of anything happening?

 Russia’s strategic culture  Or: What are the odds of anything happening? Eastern Europe has been the center of attention on security for 15 months. Since events in Ukraine started unfolding rapidly and tensions began rising between Russia and NATO, not to mention diplomatic ties being shaken with the European Union, more publications started speculating on … Continue reading