Despite electing a pro-Russian president, Moldova is said to have the worst ever relations with Russia. Moldovan foreign affairs expert Denis Cenusa talks to The Politicon about Moldova-Russia relations, its effect on Transnistria and Moldovan economy.    Interviewer: Turana Aliyeva     Aliyeva: In May of 2017 the president of Moldova Igor Dodon stated that the bilateral relations...

The Politicon team does not necessarily share the opinions expressed in this article which is solely based on the thoughts and interpretations of our interviewees.   On October 1, 2017, Catalonia holds an independence referendum which has been declared illegal by the Spanish government in the attempt to prevent it from happening. However, the problem has deep historic roots and it's impossible to deny...

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...

Lebanon, a small country with incredibly diverse population, had been long influenced heavily by the neighbouring Syria. With the advent of the Syrian civil war the regional balance of forces changed dramatically, bringing with itself new challenges and threats. To discuss these issues, we`ve talked to Hilal Khashan, a prominent scholar on the Middle East, Professor of Political Studies and department...

The Baltic states, despite their joining Euro-Atlantic political and military structures since the 1990s, have been feeling the breath of Russia on their necks. The recent developments triggered by the Kremlin in Russia`s Near Abroad show that fear was not ungrounded. Dr. Nora Vanaga from National Defence Academy of Latvia shares her opinion how the Baltic states, including her native Latvia, prepares...

  The Middle East is undergoing an interesting and complicated period in its history for the region has once again become a battlefield not only for superpowers, but also regional countries. Samer El-Hajjar, Beirut-based political marketing expert shares his opinion on what might expect the Middle East in the near future.    Interviewer: Rusif Huseynov    Huseynov: More and more...

Lebanon has an interesting and complicated political system based on its history and demographics. The current political and economic situation in Lebanon does also influence the attitude of population towards parties that constitute political spectrum of the country. Samer El-Hajjar, Beirut-based political marketing expert provides information on the challenges of traditional and new parties,...

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