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...

  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...

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...

Introduction  The concept of “checks and balances” is a system of separation of power by ensuring that each branch of government such as legislative, executive and judiciary would have exclusive control over its sphere of responsibility, thus precluding any of them from concentrating power. Contemporary states have widely different political system, even if they belong to a large family of...

A month has already passed since the snap Parliamentary elections in the UK, and though the political direction Britain is likely to take remains one big question, the results, as well as the situation that has formed since, throw light on the most pressing issues haunting sociopolitical life.  First of all, the unexpected outcome of the election that has brought about a hung Parliament, with the...

This Thursday the British electorate will cast their ballots to choose their government for the second time in three years, following Prime Minister’s controversial decision to hold snap elections that came this April. However unexpected it was, the 2017 general election may signify the watershed moment in the British politics that would redefine it for a generation to come. The reasoning Theresa May...

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