With Russia’s changing the balances in the Middle East following its active intervention in Syria in 2015, Moscow’s Kurdish policy has become one of the most debated issues. In order to understand this policy well and foresee the future of this relationship, it is necessary to mention some important facts from a historical perspective. The initial contact between the Russians and the Kurds...

   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...

Stimson Centre published a book The Lure and Pitfalls of MIRVs: from the First to the Second Nuclear Age, which is the collection of essays edited by Michael Krepon1, Travis Wheeler2 and Shane Mason3. It attempts to compare the Cold War era’s nuclear strategies with the contemporary strategic trends – presenting various perspectives on Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicles (MIRVs).  In...

Azerbaijan’s foreign policy towards Russia has been mostly shaped by the historical and geographical factors connecting the two countries. The long-term Russian rule and influence in Azerbaijan have led the latter to be dependent on Russia in terms of governance, as well as educational, technological, and scientific development. When it comes to geography, Azerbaijan shares a 284-km length land...

Dear readers!  The Politicon is proud to announce the Book Review contest.  You can send us your reviews of books on the subjects we touch upon at The Politicon, global and domestic politics, international relations and diplomacy, security and conflicts, global and political economy, international law.  We don’t have very strict requirements on your choice of books, though we expect...

The day of 26th February marks another anniversary of the Khojaly massacre; the most atrocious occasion of civilian bloodshed happened during the Armenian-Azerbaijani armed conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. As Azerbaijani political experts, we perceive it our duty to raise awareness about this horrendous crime against humanity among international community which embodies the values of peace and justice-...

Nəyə görə siyasi təcrübəsi olmayan bir milyarder ABŞ-da prezident seçildi? Trampın xarici siyasəti digər ölkələri, o cümlədən İslam aləminə necə təsir edəcək? Tramp Meksikanı niyə sevmir? ABŞ demokratiyası təhlükə altındadırmı?...

For the first time ever, Gazprom officially expressed interest in using the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to deliver Russian gas to Europe. During the European Gas Conference in Vienna, on January 24, Gazprom deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev said that Russia’s upstream capacity is sufficient to export more than 100 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year of extra gas to Europe, but it faces an...

The intrigue around the Russian-Belarusian strategic drills “Zapad-2017”, which was announced in advanced to be held in autumn on Belarusian soil increase with each passing day.  And recent public explanation of the Commander in Chief of the Belarusian Armed Forces Alexander Lukashenka did not bring clarity about these war games. According to him, they are ordinary joint strategic...

How can the bizarre Stalin cult, which is haunting the political culture of today's Russia, be curbed? Why are organizations as Memorial, which has been dealing for years with the reworking of the Stalinist past, unable to influence wider population strata and make a decisive contribution to the historical truth? The ninth conference in the "History of Stalinism" series, which took place in Saint...

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