The agenda of the next Lebanese government

Published: 11-06-2018, 12:00

Since 2011, the Lebanese people have been facing several economic and political problems. So what must the next Lebanese government do to restore economic growth and ensure social progress? - Neutralizing Lebanon from all regional conflicts. The more the next government seriously initiates to neutralize the Lebanese scene from the regional developments and changes, the more it would be sparing this country additional problems and tragedies. In the future, Lebanon will have the potential to...

Lessons learned from the new European political parties

Published: 1-06-2018, 09:50

In 2017, new political movements surprised most of us by defeating traditional parties in Europe. One year later, what have we learned?   1. Sending clear anti-establishment messages We witness how Italian youth is drowning to the Five-Star Movement because of its clear anti-establishment message. Actually, one Italian out of two supports anti-establishment and anti-European Union and anti-traditional parties. Indeed, after decades of economic recession, and growing migration-based...

Pompeo’s demands towards Iran: shaping a new possible deal

Published: 25-05-2018, 07:10

On May 21, 2018, the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the 12 demands towards Iran for starting negotiations on a new deal. However, President Trump’s diplomacy has demonstrated that his tactics lies in putting up excessive demands from the very beginning and further negotiations on an appropriate deal. In these frames, it would be interesting to look at Pompeo’s demands to clarify where the parties potentially can agree and where the terms are completely...


Belarus: improving the image without improving

Published: 22-05-2018, 05:05

More than two decades under Lukashenka, Belarus has become a unique state in Europe. It is a hybrid of Soviet past and pro-Russian present. Yet, the authorities emphasize the country`s independence from Russia from time to time. Prof. David R. Marples from the University of Alberta shares his opinion how the current Belarus moves forward in both internal and external dimensions.    Huseynov: Some commentators report the so-called Belarusization that has been taking place in...

Interview with Roza Otunbayeva (Part Three): Kyrgyzstan's future prospects

Published: 19-05-2018, 10:40

Third and final part of the interview with Roza Otunbayeva. In this section of the interview with Christian Eccher, the former President of Kyrgyzstan reflects on the future of her country and on Bishkek's relations with the other Central Asian countries. The first part of the interview is available here. The second part is instead available here.   The relations with Kazakhstan have been tense since Kyrgyzstan became a democracy. For months there have been problems at the border, miles of...

Korean Spring: what should we think of it?

Published: 8-05-2018, 07:25

The Topchubashov Center has interviewed Rovshan Ibrahimov, Associated Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies on the reasons and consequences of the stunning events that unfold on the divided Korean peninsula. Interviewer: Murad Muradov   Muradov: You have been living in South Korea for quite a longtime. Has there been a wide social consensus on the need to build peace with the unruly neighbour?  Ibrahimov: Actually, the majority of the South Korean society is...


Why Aleksandr Dugin’s “Neo-Eurasianism” is not Eurasianist

Published: 1-06-2018, 03:15

Two of the most important directions of anti-Western thinking in today Russia are classical Eurasianism that originated outside the Soviet Union, in the 1920s-1930s, and post-Soviet, so-called “neo-Eurasianism.” The latter school of thought is far better known in the West than the former, and often also simply called “Eurasianism.” It has been, from the end of the 1980s, principally shaped by hundreds of publications and presentations of the, by now, infamous neo-fascist...

Kosovo and the end of war?

Published: 4-05-2018, 18:15

NATO`s campaign of Kosovo in 1999 was not simply a military operation of several countries against another one; in fact, as some scholars argue, it became a turning point for world order and brought about new challenges for political science.  NATO jets against Yugoslavia “represented nothing less than the beginning of the end of the Westphalian world order.” (Nichols, 2008) Set up in the 17th century, this system centralized the concept of sovereignty, which means that a...

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...

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Call for Research Fellowships 2019/2020

Published: 3-06-2018, 06:05

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) invites applications for Research Fellowships in the period March 2019 – February 2020. Proposals regarding 1) pathways and mechanisms of global cooperation and 2) global cooperation under conditions of polycentric governance are especially welcome. The fully funded fellowships for up to 12 months are available to both senior and postdoctoral researchers across the humanities and social sciences. Deadline...

Call for papers: Muslim minorities and the refugee crisis in Europe. Narratives and policy responses

Published: 16-05-2018, 23:00

The recent refugee crisis started by the ongoing war in Syria caught Europeans by surprise. The wave of refugees (and later migrants from other regions) who came to the EU posed a huge logistic, social and political challenge both for individual member states and the EU. While protecting those who flee war is among the core of European values, translating these values into practical political response is proving to be very hard. The situation is further exacerbated by the longevity of the...

Geopolitical summer school

Published: 15-05-2018, 15:05

Europe in troubled times: destructive forces of secession and instable neighbourhood 2018 summer school is officially set up. The Geopolitical Summer School has a highly interactive character, with a focus on the various geopolitical traditions. The module offers lectures, workshops and final student presentations. İt also involves an individual and a group assignment.   Basic information Period: 8-14th July 2018 Preferred pre-knowledge: awareness of major political, social and economic...

Edge of Change

Edge of Change (Issue 013)

Published: 14-06-2018, 13:15

A coin for the U.S.-North Korea summit. May, 2018. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)    South-East Asia: lots of elections, not so much democracy 26 May 2018 The Economist piece emphasizes the lack of democracy in South-East Asia and states while only one state can be categorized as wholly free (East Timor), remaining countries are either partly free or not free at all. The author also states that this deficiency has deep historic roots, and since the 1970s and 1980s there have not been...

Edge of Change (Issue 012)

Published: 18-05-2018, 09:05

Japan, China and South Korea get together 10 May 2018 This piece analyzes Mr. Abe’s invitation sent to the Chinese prime minister and the South Korean president, to come to Tokyo, and relates this step to Donald Trump’s recent steps towards North Korea. Furthermore, it states that the main push for this action had to do uncertainty over American role in the Pacific, as well as a possible trade war. In this regard, all three parties have their own interests, so while Japan sees China...

Edge of Change (Issue 011)

Published: 10-05-2018, 10:40

  Iran among the ruins (by Vali Nasr) 13 February 2018 Vali Nasr provides a comprehensive analysis of the evolving role of Iran in the Middle East, arguing that demonizing Tehran and re-introducing sanctions against it is a bad policy for the U.S. He shows that the increasing Iranian influence in a range of countries- war-torn Syria, Iraq, Qatar- is due to a large extent to America’s own policy failures, namely, the demolition of the order across the Arabic world it contributed to....


Carter doctrine

Published: 1-06-2018, 12:05

Carter Doctrine is a foreign policy initiative introduced by U.S. President Jimmy Carter on January 23, 1980 as a response to the Soviet Union’s intervention in Afghanistan. J. Carter declared that the U.S. would employ military force against any country that attempted to gain control of the Persian Gulf, thus warning away outside forces from the region.  The Carter administration recommended a 6 percent increase in the defense budget and created Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force...


Published: 5-05-2018, 00:10

The term Matryoshka-nationalism comes from the name of a wooden Russian doll called matryoshka which, reveals another, smaller doll inside, with the latter containing an even smaller doll.  The notion of Matryoshka-nationalism as a specific phenomenon of post-Soviet nationalism refers to separatist movements that emerged upon the dissolution of the USSR and implies the existence of a smaller ethnic group within a larger one. It became a trend in some countries in the early 1990s, when the...

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...

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