More than two decades under Lukashenka, Belarus has become a unique state in Europe. It is a hybrid of Soviet past and pro-Russian present. Yet, the authorities emphasize the country`s independence from Russia from time to time. Prof. David R. Marples from the University of Alberta shares his opinion how the current Belarus moves forward in both internal and external dimensions.    Huseynov:...

Third and final part of the interview with Roza Otunbayeva. In this section of the interview with Christian Eccher, the former President of Kyrgyzstan reflects on the future of her country and on Bishkek's relations with the other Central Asian countries. The first part of the interview is available here. The second part is instead available here.   The relations with Kazakhstan have been tense since...

Japan, China and South Korea get together 10 May 2018 This piece analyzes Mr. Abe’s invitation sent to the Chinese prime minister and the South Korean president, to come to Tokyo, and relates this step to Donald Trump’s recent steps towards North Korea. Furthermore, it states that the main push for this action had to do uncertainty over American role in the Pacific, as well as a possible trade...

The recent refugee crisis started by the ongoing war in Syria caught Europeans by surprise. The wave of refugees (and later migrants from other regions) who came to the EU posed a huge logistic, social and political challenge both for individual member states and the EU. While protecting those who flee war is among the core of European values, translating these values into practical political response is...

Europe in troubled times: destructive forces of secession and instable neighbourhood 2018 summer school is officially set up. The Geopolitical Summer School has a highly interactive character, with a focus on the various geopolitical traditions. The module offers lectures, workshops and final student presentations. İt also involves an individual and a group assignment.   Basic information Period:...

There is no exaggeration to tell that Trump’s final decision to leave the nuclear deal with Iran has significantly changed the political situation not only in the Middle East but in the whole world. Numerous experts have already presented detailed analyses of possible negative consequences to all involved parties including the U.S. However, what was done is done and new questions arise. Among the...

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS Muslim minorities and the refugee crisis in Europe workshop 30th August – 3rd September 2018, Warsaw (Poland) The Middle East and Central Asia Unit of the Department of Political Studies at the Collegium of Socio-Economics of SGH Warsaw School of Economics is organising an intensive interdisciplinary workshop for young researchers, NGO and youth workers, as well as for...

  Iran among the ruins (by Vali Nasr) 13 February 2018 Vali Nasr provides a comprehensive analysis of the evolving role of Iran in the Middle East, arguing that demonizing Tehran and re-introducing sanctions against it is a bad policy for the U.S. He shows that the increasing Iranian influence in a range of countries- war-torn Syria, Iraq, Qatar- is due to a large extent to America’s own policy...

The scrapping of the Iran deal was criticized by an overwhelming majority of observers as a shortsighted decision. Yet, President Trump's action seems to reflect the view of several of his Security Council members and his main regional allies in the Middle East. Two possible paths are now open for the Trump administration.   Longtime opponents of the deal, like State Secretary Pompeo and National...

The Topchubashov Center has interviewed Rovshan Ibrahimov, Associated Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies on the reasons and consequences of the stunning events that unfold on the divided Korean peninsula. Interviewer: Murad Muradov   Muradov: You have been living in South Korea for quite a longtime. Has there been a wide social consensus on the need to build peace with the unruly...

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