Whatever the end of the quagmire in the Middle East will be, it can be confidently claimed that the Kurdish problem is now looming larger than ever in the regional politics. In Syria the YPG, armed groups under the local Kurdish party PYD, are among the most solid and reliable forces fighting against radical jihadists; in Iraq the prospects of possible independence exert a steady impact on national...

On April 30, Baghdad was shaken by significant political turbulence, which for a short moment captured the attention of the largest international media outlets. The supporters of the prominent Shia cleric and politician – Muqtada al-Sadr stormed the Iraqi parliament building, broke into its offices and prevented several MPs of escaping the chaos, by pulling barbed wire across a road, leading to one...

The (un)expected turning point occurred in the energy market when one of the world’s biggest crude oil exporters – Saudi Arabia declared that it will cut dependence on oil revenue by 2020. The new ambitious strategic concept intends to lay out a new economic trajectory amid the deep crisis in the oil market. The chief mastermind behind this ambitious plan is Minister of defence of the Kingdom...

  The Politicon presents to your attention an interview, with Moritz Poesch (Germany), an MSc graduate from the Comparative Politics programme at the London School of Economics. Mr. Poesch has recently spent several months as an intern at one of the refugee camps in Germany and it is this experience that we wanted to ask him about.   Interviewer: Murad Muradov     Muradov: Mr. Poesch,...

Ever since the Przino Agreement of July 2015, Macedonia’s upcoming parliamentary elections have been framed by the country’s two main political parties as the most important since independence in 1991. The incumbent Democratic Party of Macedonian National Unity (DPMNE) is convinced that voters will see through the destructive strategy of the opposition party Macedonian Social Democratic Union...

On February 19th, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic signed into law a draft agreement regulating Serbia’s relationship with NATO, following its passage in parliament on the 12th of February. The agreement calls for free passage of NATO personnel throughout Serbia as well as diplomatic immunity for all members of the alliance. News of the agreement struck a nerve in Serbia, as the country was bombed...

  Kristijan Fidanovski, a Macedonian politics student at University College London, talks about current Macedonian-Greek relations, the debate around the Macedonian identity, and the Middle Eastern refugees stuck in Macedonia.   Interviewer: Rusif Huseynov     Huseynov: In December 2015, The Guardian spread information, according to which Macedonian Prime Minister is ready to end the...

This article belongs to Pax Russica series    Putin was, as usual, ill-mannered and rude… At his annual press conference in December 2015, Vladimir Putin used boorish language when referring to Turkish government. Asked about a third-party involvement in the current Russian-Turkish relations deteriorated by the shootdown of Russian Su-24, Putin remarked “…if someone in the...

  Maksym Khylko, political expert from Ukraine talks about Ukraine`s view of political developments around Russia, as well as political intrigues in Ukraine.   Interviewer: Rusif Huseynov      Huseynov: Lately Russia`s image has been badly hit both economically and militarily: Oil prices see decline almost every day and Russian jet was downed by Turkey, a NATO member. What...

This article belongs to Pax Russica series    Iosif Kobzon's name was once amongst the most popular singers in the former Soviet Union. The veteran performer, who is known as the “Russian Sinatra” in the West and had his name entered into the Book of Records of Russia as the most decorated artist in the country's history during the 20th century, had maintained a positive reputation...

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