France’s secular ayatollahs (by Paul Taylor) 5 March 2018 In our previous edition, we have touched upon the French problem of integrating Muslims in the French society and President Macron’s attempts to handle this problem. At Politico, Paul Taylor contemplates about the different aspect of the problem: the phenomenon of French militant secularists allergic to any hint of religious presence in...

Today, the British Prime Minister is expected to announce whatever sanction measures are to address the alleged Kremlin-led attempts to murder former GRU colonel and a British agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, UK. Why the widespread apprehension and anger as a reaction towards the act of using deadly chemicals in full daylight, without much concern for the security of bystanders, is...

Level: BA / MA Credits: 4 ECTS Application deadline: 13 May, 2018   Week I in Tallinn - Estonian Business Environment 8-14 July Week II in Tartu - EU and Russian Relations 15-21 July   The programme will introduce the challenges and achievements of social, economic and political reforms and their past, present and future impacts on local as well as on international scale. Students will learn of...

OPEC mulls a long-term alliance with Russia to keep oil prices stable The Economist comments on the strengthening relationship between Saudi Arabia and Russia and puts forward the idea that the countries are set to reach more effective limits to the global production of oil. Resurgence of shale production in the U.S. makes it natural for the large producers whose economies are strongly dependent on...

One of the most terrible events of the post-WWII Europe took place in Khojaly, Azerbaijan in 26 February 1992.   In the course of Nagorno-Karabakh war, 613 Azerbaijanis were ruthlessly massacred by the Armenian forces. Among the killed were 63 children, 106 women, 70 elderly.  8 families were completely exterminated, 25 children lost both parents, 130 children lost one of the parents. 487 people,...

Trump administration has presented National Security Strategy (NSS) after almost a year to take office. I had a chance to review the strategy document and when I was reviewing that NSS document the words of former Soviet Union’s leader Nikita Khrushchev were recalling into my mind. Once he said that "America will fall without a shot being fired. It will fall from within." How much his assessment is...

Introduction The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was established to eliminate the ideological and military threats posed by the Soviet Union after it appeared as a winner in evident results of the Second World War. The Truman doctrine which forms the base of the Cold War policy of the United States was meant to limit the geopolitical expansion of Soviet Union and in a different way was considered...

In the last years relations between Ankara and Moscow have drastically changed and the impact of situations in Syria as well as internal political struggles in Turkey are intensely covered over the background of bilateral relations. Yet, developments in the Caucasus as an important strategic arena were still underreported and seemed to stay a subject of a close circle of regional experts.   Even...

Yes, it might sound unusual: the meaning of the name of Karabakh (in most literature “Nagorno” (Mountainous) is added in front of it), a remote region between Armenia and Azerbaijan, is “black garden”. But ironically, after all the disputes, fights, and tragedies happening there around for almost three decades it is impossible to describe that “garden” without...

Sixty-four candidates have applied for registration to the March 2018 presidential elections in the Russian Federation. Many names are familiar, such as Liberal Democratic leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky (now 71) and Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky (65), but others are new, including the nominee of the official Communist Party, Pavel Grudinin and socialite Ksenia Sobchak, well known as a TV star and the...

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