For several days, Kosovo has been involved in the debate originated by initiative of President Hashim Thaçi on transforming the Kosovo Security Forces in the military. This initiative is justified by Mr. Thaçi as a necessary step for two purposes: completion of the independent state institutions of Kosovo as well as Kosovo`s integration into NATO. However, President`s initiative has...

The pursuit of developing indigenous defence-industrial capabilities often encounters with the need in sacrifices. As noted by Moravcsik, this involves an “autarky-efficiency dilemma”, in which relative autonomy can only be attained at the expense of production efficiency. (Moravcsik A., 1991) Governments tend to address this issue by adopting different strategies, which ultimately shape their...

Putin's swift visit to Central Asia was another attempt to keep Russia's actively declining influence in the region   Good, bad, evil Out of the five Central Asian countries, Vladimir Putin chose to visit only Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Formally, the voyage was associated with the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and these countries. So far, only...

Regional Defrosting  Formally, in the Concept of Foreign Policy Affairs of Uzbekistan which was adopted under Islam Karimov, Central Asia is designated as the priority of foreign policy of Tashkent. Among the most important tasks of Uzbek politics in the region was included the use of the resources of transboundary rivers. The only problem is that Karimov did not realize this issue in practice....

The recent diplomatic crisis occurring between Turkey and the Netherlands raises question about the reasons for the rapid escalation of a standoff between the two countries. The unexpected diplomatic incident followed by the mutual accusations and harsh criticisms happened between the countries preparing for the critical elections which could have brought unintended results for the both governments in...

During the third ministerial meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) Advisory Council, held in Baku, on February 23, the European Commission’s vice president for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, encouraged international financial institutions to bankroll the SGC project. Amidst volatile oil prices, securing financing is of primary importance for this strategic energy transit...

Ongoing conflicts, poverty, violence and persecution forced people to leave their country in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq, Northern Africa, and South Asia. Most of them seek to get asylum in the European Union while searching for better life away from their homeland. Logically, democratic and economically developed regions and countries are more attractable for the most of migrants, considering their...

The octogenarian emperor of the Qing dynasty, Qianlong in September 1793, was to receive a delegation from an island nation, whose mercantile organisation, East India Company was sweeping across India, drawing spices and raw materials to serve its factories. When the British trade mission led by George Macartney arrived at the court of the Qing dynasty assisted by a 13-year old interpreter, exchange of...

Turkish soccer executives campaigned this month for major constitutional change that would grant President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan far reaching executive powers. The Turkish Football Federation’s (TFF) backing of Mr. Erdoğan’s effort to accumulate more power put to bed any notion of a separation between politics and soccer. So did the failure of world soccer body FIFA and UEFA, its European...

For the past few weeks, there was a flood of columns and opinions on the existence as well as the non-existence of the Tibet card on the diplomatic table of India. From all the arguments, one thing that becomes quite clear is about the relevance of the Tibet issue in India-China relations. During the era of the Great Game, the use of Tibet as a card by British India during the Shimla Conference in 1914...

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