The curious case of the Hungarian right

Published: 7-04-2018, 09:35

On 8 April 2018, parliamentary election is to take place in Hungary. Though the victory of the ruling Fidesz led by Prime Minister Victor Orban is all but sealed, probably the most important thing about this election is the rise of Jobbik as a key opposition force in Hungary and a broader story about these two parties that may have big implications for many European countries that are now facing an unprecedented rise of right-wing populism, heavily laden with illiberal, xenophobic and even...

Edge of Change (Issue 005)

Published: 28-03-2018, 07:05

Bring politics back to monetary policy (by Jacqueline Best) 6 December 2017 A long-read by Jacqueline Best provides an incredibly deep overview of the drawbacks of the contemporary monetary order. Though de-politicization of monetary policy with the purpose of shield economy from populist inflationary pressures has become a common truth as one of the pillars of neoliberalism, it is now time to consider the negative sides of this approach. Forces of illiberal populism that have recently...

Natural gas: An underrated driver of Saudi hostility towards Iran and Qatar

Published: 27-03-2018, 07:15

Debilitating hostility between Saudi Arabia and Iran is about lots of things, not least who will have the upper hand in a swath of land stretching from Central Asia to the Atlantic coast of Africa. While attention is focused on ensuring that continued containment of Iran ensures that Saudi Arabia has a leg up, geopolitics is but one side of the equation. Natural gas is the other. With signatories to the Paris climate accord moving towards bans on petrol and diesel-driven vehicles within a...


Post-elections Russia: what to expect?

Published: 9-04-2018, 11:35

There are some questions how Russia would look after Putin`s expected re-election in March 2018. Whether Russia can attempt some changes internally and how West-Russia confrontation will develop interest almost everyone. Professor Andrey Makarychev from the University of Tartu shares his opinion on in a number of issues, including Russia`s external and internal policy, Russian world.    Huseynov: What type of transformations may happen, if any, in Russia during Putin`s new...

Interview with Roza Otunbayeva (Part Two): After the 2010 revolution

Published: 6-04-2018, 07:25

A prominent stateswoman and diplomat, Roza Otunbayeva has had huge impact on the modern history of Kyrgyzstan and even served as President from 2010 to 2011. In this exclusive interview with Christian Eccher that took place in Bishkek in November 2017, she tells about her intense political life and the challenges her country might face in the near future. In the second part of Christian Eccher`s interview, former Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbayeva recalls the political effects of the 2010...

Interview with Roza Otunbayeva (Part One): from the USSR to Kyrgyzstan

Published: 3-04-2018, 10:40

A prominent stateswoman and diplomat, Roza Otunbayeva has had huge impact on the modern history of Kyrgyzstan and even served as President from 2010 to 2011. In this exclusive interview with Christian Eccher that took place in Bishkek in November 2017, she tells about her intense political life and the challenges her country might face in the near future. The first part of the interview covers the birth of Kyrgyzstan after the dissolution of the USSR and the first difficult steps taken by the...


Does family structure matter for social inequality?

Published: 11-03-2018, 00:55

Family, or household, has always been one of the most important elements of a social fabric of any society- institutions, which, as Hall and Soskice claimed in their influential “Varieties of Capitalism” model, are embedded in time and tend to reproduce certain patterns of inequality and redistribution (this approach was shared by several distinguished analysts of the field, including Polanyi). Thus it is no surprise that welfare systems of the Continental European and Anglo-Saxon...

Freedom As Development

Published: 23-02-2018, 12:45

The statement “Development as Freedom” was articulated by Nobel Peace Prize winner and famous economist Amartya Sen. He developed the idea of how freedom can be achieved not only by economic or technological development but from the freedom and the basic capabilities itself. In his book, he argues that freedom is part of our life which gives us strength “to have a reason to value it”. How can this reason be achieved? Sen says with the help of freedom which comes along...

Tulip Mania: Bitcoins of the 17th century?

Published: 12-02-2018, 13:55

In an auction in Alkmaar, a city in the Northern Netherlands, an aggregate of 90,000‎ guilders (ƒ‎‎) was generated from sales of tulips and other exotic flowers. A tulip sample named Viceroy was sold for ƒ4,203 while another tulip, Admirael van Enchuysen, was offered ƒ5,200.  To put into context, during much of the 17th century, an average outdoor laborer earned about ƒ300 in a year, and a master carpenter made about ƒ450. For 4,000 guilders, one could...

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Call for applications: OSF Eurasia Programme Fellowships at the University of Tartu

Published: 2-04-2018, 10:25

The University of Tartu (Estonia) announces a call for applications for doctoral candidates and PhD-holding academics in the Social Sciences for a five-month fellowship at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, supported by the Eurasia Programme of the Open Society Foundations. The call is addressed to citizens of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The purpose of the fellowship programme is to enable...

CfP: Needs and Care Practices for Refugees and Migrants

Published: 30-03-2018, 10:55

Conference theme: The migration and mobility of people, whether forced by circumstances of violence, conflict or poverty or as a certain choice during people’s live, is a phenomenon of all times. However, worldwide globalization processes have accelerated these phenomena and the influences they have on the social, cultural, economic and political fabric of societies. On top, several conflicts worldwide have created a significant increase in the number of refugees seeking protection in...

CfP: Karl Marx and Rosa Luxemburg: Thought Legacy and Contemporary Value

Published: 29-03-2018, 07:35

The Thirteenth Forum of the World Association for Political Economy July 16-18, 2018, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany   Proposed Topics: 1. The Thought of Karl Marx and Its Contemporary Value  2. The Thought of Rosa Luxemburg and Its Contemporary Value 3. The Communist Manifesto and the World Socialist Movement  4. World System Theories: Core, Periphery, and Quasi-core  5. The Basic Contradiction of Capitalism and Various Forms of Economic Crisis   6....

Edge of Change

Edge of Change (Issue 009)

Published: Yesterday, 07:45

    Why China will win the trade war (by Philippe Legrain) 13 April 2018 Although Donald Trump has a strong faith that the U.S. would win the trade war with China, this Foreign Policy piece argues that China is much stronger politically and economically. If we take into account the trade war, the authors highlight that the both parties will lose, however, they will do their best to get less damaged. Mr. Legrain makes a point that the U.S. is very vulnerable when it comes to...

Edge of Change (Issue 008)

Published: 15-04-2018, 17:40

What China Gained From Hosting Kim Jong Un (by Oriana Skylar Mastro) 9 April 2018 Oriana Skylar Mastro looks in depth at Xi’s hosting of Kim Jong Un and the main motives behind his action. The author states that although on the surface this action is perceived as Chinese desire to improve the Sino-North Korean relations, one of the main purposes was to shape the agenda of the upcoming North Korean-U.S. meeting and ensure that the outcome will meet Chinese interest. Looking at previous...

Edge of Change (Issue 007)

Published: 12-04-2018, 13:10

  Decades under the influence (by Markus Wagner, Thomas Meyer) 4 April 2018 The rightward shift of the European politics is not a new phenomenon at all, claim the authors of this piece published at the Foreign Affairs. The analysis of party manifestos in 17 Western European countries demonstrates that the process has been gradually going on since the 1970s, and the recent immigration crisis has just made far right parties more popular. By “right-left”, the research implied not...


Madman theory

Published: 15-03-2018, 10:05

Madman theory is a political theory commonly associated with the U.S. President Richard Nixon. He and his administration strove to convince the leaders of hostile countries that Nixon was irrational and volatile enough to take unpredictable actions. This tactic was supposed to induce the hostile nation to stand down and avoid provoking the United States, fearing an unpredictable American response.  The Madman Strategy was employed during the Cold War: when the Nixon...

Khojaly massacre - 26 February 1992

Published: 26-02-2018, 12:36

One of the most terrible events of the post-WWII Europe took place in Khojaly, Azerbaijan in 26 February 1992.   In the course of Nagorno-Karabakh war, 613 Azerbaijanis were ruthlessly massacred by the Armenian forces. Among the killed were 63 children, 106 women, 70 elderly.  8 families were completely exterminated, 25 children lost both parents, 130 children lost one of the parents. 487 people, including 76 children became wounded. 1275 people were taken hostages. 150 people went...

Course On Diplomacy. Diplomacy in Ancient Rome

Published: 20-09-2017, 10:30

Ancient Rome bestowed the first diplomatic organs (legationes), the first ambassadors (Pater Patratus) and "Law of Nations" (Jus Gentium) to the world. The governance methods of Ancient Rome and establishing collaboration between neighboring countries for strengthening and consolidating its powers were exposed in the video as well....

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