The past several months have seen sharp changes in Moldovan internal and external politics. In early 2017, the newly elected President Dodon visited Russia and said his country should scrap a trade deal with the European Union (EU) and sign one with the Russian-backed Eurasian Union instead. Now, President Dodon and Prime Minister Pavel Filip are criticizing each other’s policies on relations with...

  The vast majority of Kyrgyzstan`s population, including the titular people are followers of Islam. There has been a revival of Islamic practices since independence of this Central Asian country in 1991, although the state remains secular. Bishkek-based political analyst Baktybek Kainazarov, PhD in Social sciences, provides comprehensive information on the present situation of Islam in...

Last year the Colombian authorities and FARC signed a peace accord, which put a long-desired end to one of the longest civil wars in modern history. However, post-conflict process is as difficult as pre-peace period since the government, former militants and entire population have to overcome the emerging challenges. Our interviewee is Richard Emblin, the Editorial Director of The City Paper, the English...

Long discussed as the next potential member of the Eurasian Economic Union, Tajikistan is taking time to explore the pros and cons of its entry. Zafar Abdullayev, an independent expert from Dushanbe, shares his opinion what could be advantages and disadvantages, as well as expectations of Tajik authorities, with Tajikistan`s integration with the Union.    Interviewer: Rusif Huseynov  ...

China is becoming as one of the most quoted countries among the political circles due to its rise as an economic, military, and political power in the world. Recent developments regarding China`s expansionist policies in the light of new political course of the United States raise many questions. Teemu Naarajärvi, PhD candidate of East Asian studies at the University of Helsinki, shares his views...

A series of street protests broke out in late February 2017 in Belarus. Alexander Lukashenka, the “last dictator of Europe” who had not allowed opposition in his country for years, now faces mass rallies that may shatter his presidency. Roman Yakovlevsky, a journalist and political expert from Belarus, provides insight about the situation.   Interviewer: Shahana Bilalova   ...

Park Geun-hye has become the first democratically elected South Korean president to be forced from office, after the country’s constitutional court upheld a parliamentary vote to impeach her over a corruption and cronyism scandal that could see her face criminal charges. Our interviewees are Prof. Dr. Rovshan Ibrahimov, associate professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and Mr. Anthony...

   Azerbaijan has been an Eastern Partnership country for years, but seems to pursue its unique path regarding the relations with the Euro-Atlantic community. Trying to distance itself from deeper integrational processes, it instead prefers multilateral relations in the field of energy. The Politicon`s editor-in-chief tries to give some insight on Azerbaijan`s foreign relations ahead...

  Deputy Director of the Estonian School of Diplomacy, Dr. Vahur Made shares his opinion regarding the rising rightist movements in Europe, possible other exit scenarios in the European Union, American policy on Europe during Trump`s tenure, future of Western liberalism.   Interviewer: Elvin Abbasli       The Popular Front (France), the Alternative for Germany (AfD), the Sweden...

After a political deadlock, the Gambia`s long time leader Yahya Jammeh was forced by Western African countries to step down and hand the presidency over to democratically elected Adama Barrow. Gambian journalist Mustapha Mopu Kah provides some insight on the post-election situation in his country.    Interviewer: Murad Muradov     What is known about the personality of the newly...

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