Numerous trade, financial and information conflicts between longtime allies Belarus and Russia came to what seems to be a very smooth resolution at bilateral summit on 12 October 2018. However, a more detailed look reveals that the October agreements are just a landmark in the controversial evolution of bilateral relations and the whole region   Summits and their outcomes Over the last two months the...

Recently Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree not to extend the Friendship Treaty with Russia. The Topchubashov Center interviews Nurlan Aliyev, Warsaw-based expert on Eastern Europe, on how this unilateral act will affect the Ukraine-Russia relations and what the Donbas conflict`s perspectives on becoming a frozen one look.    On 19 September 2018, Ukrainian President Petro...

China Has Chosen Cultural Genocide in Xinjiang—For Now (by Kate Cronin Furman) 19 September 2018 Beijing is now tackling the whole China’s Muslim Uighur minority, whose loyalties the central government has long distrusted for both nationalist and religious reasons. The Uighurs are a problem for China, and perhaps an intractable one. They are reluctant subjects of the Chinese state, they sit on...

Finlandization is a political course by a smaller nation, which takes into account the foreign policy interests of a bigger neighbor, while retaining its own internal regime and values. The original term comes is related to Finland, when it chose to be a neutral buffer state during the Cold War. Although Finland was generally considered as part of the Western world due to its democratic governance and...

  The 2014 annexation of Crimea by Russia influenced not only geopolitics and international law, but also the lives of local people, most of all, the Crimean Tatars, the indigenous population of the peninsula. To discuss the post-2014 situation of the Crimean Tatars, The Topchubashov Center interviews Prof. Natalya Belitser whose area of expertise includes issues of interethnic relations, minorities...

  Good Oligarch, Bad Oligarch (by Vladislav Inozemtsev) 31 July 2018   Vladislav Inozemtsev argues that the policy of marginalizing and stifling virtually all of the so-called Russian oligarchs is counter-productive and will only bring them into Putin’s warm embrace. Instead, he proposes to distinguish between those billionaires who actively endorse and finance the Russian...

Global Supply Chains Are Dangerously Easy to Snap (by Elisabeth Braw) 7 August 2018 UK’s stockpiling plans in case a no-deal Brexit and the reasons why other developed countries depending on complex supply chains should take Britain’s misfortune as a wake-up call are being discussed in this article. Global supply chains in a modern world are a national security issue. Although thanks to a...

Greece exits its bail-out programme, but its marathon has further to go 2 August 2018 The Economist discusses the current state of Greek economy which has recently been emboldened by two years of GDP growth and the official termination of the third, last round of the IMF bailout pending this August. However, long-term structural problems- low productivity, weak economic dynamic, not particularly...

Prior to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the deepening relationship between Russian and Turkey showed itself in the first agreement designed to enhance their economic ties. The agreement was signed on March 15, 1977 and mainly embraced cooperation in the promotion of industrial development and energy affairs. Meanwhile, the parties also inked an agreement concerning scientific and technical...

A safari for Wagner (by Andrey Kamakin) 13 July 2018 This piece, first published in June 2018, has been republished following the tragic death of   three Russian journalists of the highest caliber in Central African Republic. The author discusses the role of so-called “Wagner”, a private military unit now ubiquitously claimed to be on the forefront of Russian geopolitical affairs but...

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