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,...

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...

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