People in Iraq's northern autonomous region of Kurdistan are voting in an independence referendum, amid rising tensions and international opposition on September 25, 2017. This referendum can produce a new state on the world map, in the most turbulent region of the planet. Heydar Mirza, expert in foreign policy and security studies, comments on the situation.    Interviewer: Elmira Hasanova...

Russia held a quadrennial military exercise called ‘Zapad’ in mid-September on the territory of Western Russia, Russian exclave Kaliningrad and Belarus. Current tensions with the West add up to the salience of the upcoming drills, which according to NATO allies, will be one of the largest since the Cold War. Although the risk of open confrontation is low, “Zapad-2017” can become the...

  Ethiopia and Eritrea have been maintaining uneasy relations for decades. The border dispute between the countries has not been solved yet, despite the attempts on border demarcation. The Politicon interviews Prof. Dr. Ghelawdewos Araia, an Ethiopia-based scholar affiliated with several universities.    Interviewer: Rusif Huseynov     Huseynov: Eritrea achieved independence...

Quite unexpectedly, U.S. President Trump chose Poland for his first official visit to Europe, boosting the Polish authorities' self-esteem and triggering talks about the resuscitation of Washington's support to Eastern Europe's new democracies. We talked to Mr. Adam Reichardt, the Editor-in-Chief of New Eastern Europe, a Poland-based prominent geopolitical journal, about the geopolitical implications of...

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