According to the neorealism – one of the mainstream theories of international relations – power is divided into two parts – relational and structural. Relational power is the agregate potential of any state and its ability to dictate in international arena. The physical indicators of states – territory, population, national resources, military power, infrastructure, economy –...

Reflecting on Nation-Statehood in Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia 10-12 June 2018, Tartu, Estonia Scholars working in all subfields of area studies, including comparative politics, international relations, economics, history, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and related disciplines, are invited to submit proposals for panels, roundtables and papers for the Third Tartu Conference on Russian and...

When Ukraine was subject to Russian aggression, big support came from the United States and Canada, where the governments and ordinary people became sympathetic to the Ukrainians, who lost part of their territory while demanding more freedom and changing the government. The Politicon interviews Marta Dyczok, a Canadian-Ukrainian Associate Professor of History and Political Science at the University of...

Despite electing a pro-Russian president, Moldova is said to have the worst ever relations with Russia. Moldovan foreign affairs expert Denis Cenusa talks to The Politicon about Moldova-Russia relations, its effect on Transnistria and Moldovan economy.    Interviewer: Turana Aliyeva     Aliyeva: In May of 2017 the president of Moldova Igor Dodon stated that the bilateral relations...

Welcome to the conference “Circassians in the 21st century: Identity and Survival – in the homeland and diaspora”, hosted by the research platform Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research (RUCARR) at Malmö University, Sweden, November 23-24, 2017. The aim of this conference is to focus on the ongoing Circassian revival or mobilisation following the international attention on the...

Russia held a quadrennial military exercise called ‘Zapad’ in mid-September on the territory of Western Russia, Russian exclave Kaliningrad and Belarus. Current tensions with the West add up to the salience of the upcoming drills, which according to NATO allies, will be one of the largest since the Cold War. Although the risk of open confrontation is low, “Zapad-2017” can become the...

Mikeil Saakashvili’s dramatic return to Ukraine has elicited numerous comments on social media, most of which regard his actions as a positive boost to his reputation and a negative impact on the presidency of Petro Poroshenko, who deprived him of his Ukrainian citizenship in July. But what will be its long-term results? And how should Ukraine’s president respond? From Ukraine’s...

Russia is preparing to hold a quadrennial military exercise called ‘Zapad’ (which translates as the West) in mid-September on the territory of Western Russia, Russian exclave Kaliningrad and Belarus. Current tensions with the West add up to the salience of the upcoming drills, which according to NATO allies, will be one of the largest since the Cold War. Although the risk of open confrontation...

"Sleeping cells" We currently witness an alarming trend when the organized terrorist groups with their hierarchy are replaced by amateur "sleeping" radical cells consisting of two or more people. They are difficult to control, as they are often formed outside the framework of an organization, as it was before. On the other hand, access to social networks and web resources creates their extensive network....

The Second Annual RUCARR Conference will be held at Malmö University, Sweden, on November 22-23, 2017. The Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research (RUCARR) is an intellectual hub for scholars at the Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University. Established as late as in 2016, RUCARR builds on an established and well-recognized area studies tradition at the University which connects...

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