Why China will win the trade war (by Philippe Legrain) 13 April 2018 Although Donald Trump has a strong faith that the U.S. would win the trade war with China, this Foreign Policy piece argues that China is much stronger politically and economically. If we take into account the trade war, the authors highlight that the both parties will lose, however, they will do their best to get less...

What China Gained From Hosting Kim Jong Un (by Oriana Skylar Mastro) 9 April 2018 Oriana Skylar Mastro looks in depth at Xi’s hosting of Kim Jong Un and the main motives behind his action. The author states that although on the surface this action is perceived as Chinese desire to improve the Sino-North Korean relations, one of the main purposes was to shape the agenda of the upcoming North...

  Decades under the influence (by Markus Wagner, Thomas Meyer) 4 April 2018 The rightward shift of the European politics is not a new phenomenon at all, claim the authors of this piece published at the Foreign Affairs. The analysis of party manifestos in 17 Western European countries demonstrates that the process has been gradually going on since the 1970s, and the recent immigration crisis has just...

  Northern Ireland's Brexit Problem (by Henry Farrell) 29 March 2018 The problem of the Irish border after Brexit has been the British government’s Achilles heel ever since the withdrawal negotiation with the EU started. The free border between the independent Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland which remains part of UK, has been one of the major conditions that cemented the 1997 Good...

The Centre for Syrian Studies (CSS) at the University of St Andrews in Scotland invites submission of abstracts for papers to be given at its Fourth International Conference on Syria to be held 1-3 August 2018 in St Andrews, Scotland. The theme of the conference will be the late Uprising period since roughly 2015, with the focus on issues such as the sectarianization of the conflict; the evolution of the...

The Republic of Turkey and the State of Israel have a number of conflicting interests in the Middle East. This article, however, will review their common interests in the region. Counterterrorism or fight against terrorism: The interest number one, of course, is the protection of security and stability in the region. Security and stability are part and parcel of the both countries’ interests. As we...

Scandalous information about the desire of the Russian side (with the support of Turkey) to expand the list of its military allies in Syria at the expense of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan could have been attributed to the incident or misunderstanding, if not the alarming trends of recent years, when Kazakhstan is increasingly wanting to deprive the field for diplomatic maneuvers.   Diplomatic gymnastics...

Lebanon, a small country with incredibly diverse population, had been long influenced heavily by the neighbouring Syria. With the advent of the Syrian civil war the regional balance of forces changed dramatically, bringing with itself new challenges and threats. To discuss these issues, we`ve talked to Hilal Khashan, a prominent scholar on the Middle East, Professor of Political Studies and department...

For expansion of the military-political influence in the Middle East, Moscow wishes to use in Syria members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) which is the amorphous military block. On June 22, 2017, the Chairman of the Defense Committee of the State Duma, former commander of the Airborne Forces, Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov said that Russia was negotiating with Kyrgyzstan and...

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...

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