If elections were held on Sunday…

Published: 8-08-2018, 03:05

The BDM Poll Ukrainians love opinion polls and survey organizations proliferate faster than political parties. As both presidential and parliamentary elections approach in 2019, and in that order, it is perhaps not surprising that virtually every month sees a new poll, offering prognoses on the next president or the parties that will acquire seats in the Narodna Rada. From 12 to 25 July, the Mykolaiv-based firm BDM conducted a poll that it published this month covering a number of aspects of...

Trump`s economic policies

Published: 1-08-2018, 01:40

The election of Donald Trump was an extraordinary moment in American history. It surprised pundits, analysts and almost everybody who was observing the presidential primaries and campaigns in the 2016 election. At the forefront of Trump’s rhetoric was the slogan: “Make America Great Again”, which mobilized a large group of Americans who felt left out of the positive impact of economic developments. People felt frustrated by globalization, fewer employment opportunities...

The sad record of the Netherlands‘ dealing with MH17

Published: 18-07-2018, 09:30

The official investigation of the rather obvious case of the MH17 disaster by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been excruciatingly slow. Already, on the day of the shooting, on 17 July 2014, it was pretty clear that this missile could have only come from a regular Russian army unit. Who else would have had the opportunity to shoot from the separatist-controlled territory an airliner flying approximately 10 km high? Yet, it was the famous Bellingcat group, with its limited resources,...


Protests in Iran: what changes can they bring?

Published: 7-08-2018, 18:40

  The harsh foreign sanctions that have been damaging Iran`s economy are dragging the regime to one of the hardest tests ever. Domestic protests and the government`s assertive reaction are complicating the situation day by day, with outside forces observing how it will further develop. We talked to Dr. Theodore Karasik, Senior Advisor, Gulf State Analytics and Ali Hajizade, Founder and Editor, The Great Middle East.       The recent demonstrations with harsh...

Azerbaijan, Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: what is next? An interview with Laurence Broers

Published: 27-07-2018, 23:15

We are glad to present an interview with Mr. Laurence Broers, the Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (London), research associate at the Centre for Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), and the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Caucasus Survey. Murad Muradov talked to Mr. Broers about the current unfortunate situation with the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process and the prospects of the deadlocked conflict...

Iraqi Turkmens: Middle East’s little actors

Published: 24-07-2018, 09:30

  With hot conflicts, uprisings and geopolitical confrontations in the Middle East, where many actors pursue their own goals, the Iraqi Turkmens stayed in the middle of these turbulences. We had an interview with Dr. James M. Dorsey, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, a syndicated columnist and the author of the blog -The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer about the current situation, recent...


EU’s migration woe: Is migration issue “make or break” for Europe?

Published: 10-08-2018, 16:00

Immigration policy should be generous; it should be fair; it should be flexible. With such a policy we can turn to the world, and to our own past, with clean hands and a clear conscience.  John Fitzgerald Kennedy, “A Nation of Immigrants”, 1958   The long-brewing Civil War in Syria that blasted out to engender a mass movement of refugees in 2015 has created a long trajectory of migrants from Turkey to Greece and then on to Germany, which afterward, involved new routes of...

General view to the dynamics of Russian-Turkish relations: The interdependent relationship shaped by energy?

Published: 2-08-2018, 22:45

Prior to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the deepening relationship between Russian and Turkey showed itself in the first agreement designed to enhance their economic ties. The agreement was signed on March 15, 1977 and mainly embraced cooperation in the promotion of industrial development and energy affairs. Meanwhile, the parties also inked an agreement concerning scientific and technical collaboration. Energy had been a significant issue amid the negotiations processes between Russia...

China’s outstanding economic growth and the social problems it has caused

Published: 16-07-2018, 12:40

Amid the trade war going on between China and the United States, one may ask how China, one of the poorest countries in the world a few decades ago, grew into an economy that could challenge the United States, the sole superpower existing in the contemporary world. The strategy that lies behind China’s current economic power is its decision to bandwagon on globalisation, first by establishing Special Economic Zones in 1979 and then by joining the World Trade Organisation in 2001. The...

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Topchubashov Essay Competition 2018

Published: 2-07-2018, 01:40

Dear readers and friends of the Topchubashov Center! We are glad to announce our first essay competition dedicated to the centennial of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. We want to spread our values of incisive research and high standards of knowledge; in this regard, we are now looking forward to your contributions to get a new, fresh perspective and hope to bring the brightest minds among you in our network of researchers and authors.  For the competition our team has prepared the...

CfP: The 2nd Politics and International Relations Congress

Published: 26-06-2018, 10:45

The 2nd Politics and International Relations Congress is being organized by the Department of International Relations at Karadeniz Technical University on 15-16 November 2018 in Trabzon, Turkey. The Congress aims to convene a vast array of contributors, including policy makers, practitioners and researchers to reflect the full diversity of the politics and international relations community from across the globe. Prospective participants should submit their short bio and abstracts to...

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...

Edge of Change

Edge of Change (Issue 018)

Published: 9-08-2018, 07:05

Greece exits its bail-out programme, but its marathon has further to go 2 August 2018 The Economist discusses the current state of Greek economy which has recently been emboldened by two years of GDP growth and the official termination of the third, last round of the IMF bailout pending this August. However, long-term structural problems- low productivity, weak economic dynamic, not particularly comfortable investor climate and a massive brain drain- continue to stifle national development. In...

Edge of Change 017

Published: 2-08-2018, 17:05

A safari for Wagner (by Andrey Kamakin) 13 July 2018 This piece, first published in June 2018, has been republished following the tragic death of   three Russian journalists of the highest caliber in Central African Republic. The author discusses the role of so-called “Wagner”, a private military unit now ubiquitously claimed to be on the forefront of Russian geopolitical affairs but without any official recognition or legal status. While there is numerous evidence of the...

Edge of Change (Issue 016)

Published: 28-07-2018, 11:35

Uncertain territory. The strange life and curious sustainability of de facto states (by Thomas de Waal) 26 April 2018 In his new essay, Thomas de Waal raises a challenging question about the unexpected persistence of unrecognized post-Soviet states, as well as Northern Cyprus, which managed to establish regular civil life despite being more or less de-jure cut off from the world. He mentions that none of them has turned into black holes of international crime and instead, they have the...


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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