The University of Tartu (Estonia) announces a call for applications for doctoral candidates and PhD-holding academics in the Social Sciences for a five-month fellowship at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, supported by the Eurasia Programme of the Open Society Foundations. The call is addressed to citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan,...

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...

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...

The term Matryoshka-nationalism comes from the name of a wooden Russian doll called matryoshka which, reveals another, smaller doll inside, with the latter containing an even smaller doll.  The notion of Matryoshka-nationalism as a specific phenomenon of post-Soviet nationalism refers to separatist movements that emerged upon the dissolution of the USSR and implies the existence of a smaller ethnic...

The United States which is the largest contributor to the International Monetary Fund and has 17.68 per cent of voting rights in major decisions, said that it would examine closely Pakistan’s request of a loan from the IMF. U.S. officials may think that Pakistan found itself in such a situation because of Chinese debt. Pakistani authorities rejected this claim and pointed out that their indebtedness...

  In the 2018 Saeima elections in Latvia, the Social Democratic Party Harmony emerged victorious, although its total seats in the parliament decreased. Harmony must however share the power with new parties which are going to replace the traditional ones in Latvian Parliament. Riga-based political analyst Toms Rātfelders provides insight into post-election Latvian politics.      Abbas...

The Johan Skytte Institute of the University of Tartu invites graduate and post-graduate students to apply for the winter school "Bio-, Geo- and Ethnopolitics of the Post-Communist Transformations: 1989-2019”. This event is part of a series of winter schools hosted by the University of Tartu in cooperation with the international project "Escapes from Modernity" since 2011. The winter school is going...

Developmental state, or hard state is a term that refers to the phenomenon of state-led macroeconomic planning in East Asia during the late 20th century. The concept of the developmental state emerged to explain the rapid growth of a number of countries in East Asia during the postwar period. In this model of capitalism, the state has more independent, or autonomous, political power, as well as more...

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...

In Chinese legends and mythology, Nuwa is the goddess who created the mankind. She also repaired the broken pillars of heaven which were damaged by Gong Gong, the God of Water, in his fight with Zhu Rong, the God of Fire. Some social scientists consider that China’s Belt and Road Initiative is coming to repair and stabilize the broken economies of poor Asian and African countries like Nuwa. Whereas...

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