The Topchubashov Center is delighted to present you an interview with Murad Gassanly (PhD), an energy politics researcher and the first ever person from Azerbaijan to be elected to the municipality council in the United Kingdom. Currently, he represents the Conservative Party and serves for his second term as the Westminster City Councillor. The interview covers both the pressing issues of British domestic...

Uncertain territory. The strange life and curious sustainability of de facto states (by Thomas de Waal) 26 April 2018 In his new essay, Thomas de Waal raises a challenging question about the unexpected persistence of unrecognized post-Soviet states, as well as Northern Cyprus, which managed to establish regular civil life despite being more or less de-jure cut off from the world. He mentions that none of...

Dramatic perturbations have recently occurred in the British government. But what does all this chaos stand for? We spoke to our expert Murad Muradov on the issue.   What stands behind the recent turmoil within the British government?  Why have Ministers Davis and Johnson resigned? As it is the case with most of the turbulent events in British politics, the trigger is definitely the Brexit...

Macron Has Changed France’s Political DNA (by James Traub) 5 June 2018 James Traub, contemplating about the major outcomes of the first year of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency in France, claims that he has managed to bring a substantially new approach to the country’ politics. Being rightly seen as technocratic and a supporter of top-down governance, Macron, in order to overcome the...

  Iran among the ruins (by Vali Nasr) 13 February 2018 Vali Nasr provides a comprehensive analysis of the evolving role of Iran in the Middle East, arguing that demonizing Tehran and re-introducing sanctions against it is a bad policy for the U.S. He shows that the increasing Iranian influence in a range of countries- war-torn Syria, Iraq, Qatar- is due to a large extent to America’s own policy...

    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...

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...

Iran may pull out of the nuclear deal before the US (by Massoumeh Torfeh)  1 March 2018 In the opinion piece by Massoumeh Torfeh, she claims that Iran will leave a nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)) if it cannot gain economic benefits from it. Meanwhile, the author talks about Trump’s desire to increase sanctions against Iran and his violation of deal through creating...

Second World War Research Group Annual Conference, 14-15 June 2018 Strand Campus, King’s College, London Keynotes: Professor Nicholas Stargardt (University of Oxford) and Dr Daniel Todman (Queen Mary University of London)   For the major Allied powers, the Second World War has long been seen as a ‘good’ war. This has led to a mythologised version of the conflict developing in the...

School of Advanced Study, Senate House London 21-22 June 2018 The Global Decolonization Workshop (GDW) is a new collaboration between the School of Advanced Study (University of London) and New York University.  It seeks to forge a global forum for knowledge exchange in the interdisciplinary field of decolonization studies.  This series was launched at the University of London in Paris (ULIP) in...

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