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...

The Baltic states, despite their joining Euro-Atlantic political and military structures since the 1990s, have been feeling the breath of Russia on their necks. The recent developments triggered by the Kremlin in Russia`s Near Abroad show that fear was not ungrounded. Dr. Nora Vanaga from National Defence Academy of Latvia shares her opinion how the Baltic states, including her native Latvia, prepares...

Be it an article for international media or a research work, anyone who attempts to write on Eritrea is ostensibly confronted with two most basic issues: sources to be quoted and most updated facts on crucial subjects. What is worse for many of us who have experienced it firsthand is also balancing what is being cited (and recycled) as facts by some organizations and using our judgments to find the middle...

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...

Despite all that’s been written and spoken about extreme repression and economic blight in Eritrea, surprisingly little has been publicized about its inscrutable leader, Isaias Afwerki, who has led the country with an iron fist since independence in 1991. Based on common knowledge among Eritreans in the country and other information that I have collected over the years from frequent contacts, I am...

The executive order named Immigration or Refugee Ban on “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States” (also known as Muslim Ban), which was signed on January 27, 2017 by U.S. President Donald Trump caused a great condemnation around the world. According to this order people from seven predominantly Muslim-majority nationals and dual nationals, including Iran, Iraq,...

Lebanon has an interesting and complicated political system based on its history and demographics. The current political and economic situation in Lebanon does also influence the attitude of population towards parties that constitute political spectrum of the country. Samer El-Hajjar, Beirut-based political marketing expert provides information on the challenges of traditional and new parties,...

“Ukraine`s Euromaidan” by Marta Dyczok, a Canadian-Ukrainian Associate Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Western Ontario is an interesting collection of the author`s podcasts or ‘a kaleidoscopic chronicle of the events’ during the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine and related episodes.  In the introduction, the author provides some information...

The past several months have seen sharp changes in Moldovan internal and external politics. In early 2017, the newly elected President Dodon visited Russia and said his country should scrap a trade deal with the European Union (EU) and sign one with the Russian-backed Eurasian Union instead. Now, President Dodon and Prime Minister Pavel Filip are criticizing each other’s policies on relations with...

  The vast majority of Kyrgyzstan`s population, including the titular people are followers of Islam. There has been a revival of Islamic practices since independence of this Central Asian country in 1991, although the state remains secular. Bishkek-based political analyst Baktybek Kainazarov, PhD in Social sciences, provides comprehensive information on the present situation of Islam in...

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