A majority of Lebanese seems to share disappointment with traditional political parties and are longing for change and reform as demonstrated in recent years. Nevertheless, the prospects remain dim for a major change in: the entrenched political structure of Lebanon, the confessional power-sharing system, the discriminatory electoral law, and the deep-rooted culture of sectarianism. In other words, It has...

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...

Marcel H. Van Herpen, the director of the Cicero Foundation, a pro-EU and pro-Atlantic think tank, based in Maastricht and Paris, tries to shed light on the current Russian foreign policy in his recent book named “Putin’s wars.” The main hypothesis of the author is that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia lost its influence as an empire and returned to the pre-imperial stage....

How did members of opposition emerge as jihadist? Often, the authorities of the Central Asian states fight against supporters of the so-called "Islamic states" by using the actions of their political opponents to prosecute their family members. In particular, under the slogan of combating Islamic extremism Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon has been repressing the leaders of Islamic Revolutionary Party 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...

The implementation of the judicial reform is today’s necessity and tomorrow’s urgency. This reform will build the missing trust on the justice system and democracy; it will help improve the Albanian economy; it will attract foreign investments that are currently missing; it will help accelerate the integration into the EU. This is one of the most important reforms that Albania must carry out in...

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...

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