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...

“Ukraine`s Euromaidan” by Marta Dyczok, a Canadian-Ukrainian Associate Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Western Ontario is an interesting collection of the author`s podcasts or ‘a kaleidoscopic chronicle of the events’ during the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine and related episodes.  In the introduction, the author provides some information...

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...

    Date: 24-25 October 2017 Venue: Poznan, Poland Deadline: 10 October 2017   Information Detailed perspective and reflection on international and regional matters beyond Europe is not very common in contemporary political science and public debate on the Old Continent especially in Poland. We, Department of Non–European Political Studies (Faculty of Political Science and Journalism...

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...

Transnistrian conflict is referred to as an intrastate frozen conflict between central government of the Republic of Moldova and separatist Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. According to Uppsala University, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, intrastate conflict is a conflict between a government and a non-governmental party (Uppsala University, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, 2014). In...

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...

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   ...

   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...

   The visit of the Georgian president to Minsk on March 2-3, 2017, can noticeably revive the topic of integration with the European Union of a group of post-Soviet countries participating in the "Eastern Partnership" project among which Belarus is also trying to be active. Today, both in Brussels and in other capitals there is notable pessimism regarding this unpromising project. However, there...

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