Transnistrian conflict is referred to as an intrastate frozen conflict between central government of the Republic of Moldova and separatist Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. According to Uppsala University, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, intrastate conflict is a conflict between a government and a non-governmental party (Uppsala University, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, 2014). In...

The recent diplomatic crisis occurring between Turkey and the Netherlands raises question about the reasons for the rapid escalation of a standoff between the two countries. The unexpected diplomatic incident followed by the mutual accusations and harsh criticisms happened between the countries preparing for the critical elections which could have brought unintended results for the both governments in...

Ongoing conflicts, poverty, violence and persecution forced people to leave their country in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq, Northern Africa, and South Asia. Most of them seek to get asylum in the European Union while searching for better life away from their homeland. Logically, democratic and economically developed regions and countries are more attractable for the most of migrants, considering their...

The octogenarian emperor of the Qing dynasty, Qianlong in September 1793, was to receive a delegation from an island nation, whose mercantile organisation, East India Company was sweeping across India, drawing spices and raw materials to serve its factories. When the British trade mission led by George Macartney arrived at the court of the Qing dynasty assisted by a 13-year old interpreter, exchange of...

Turkish soccer executives campaigned this month for major constitutional change that would grant President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan far reaching executive powers. The Turkish Football Federation’s (TFF) backing of Mr. Erdoğan’s effort to accumulate more power put to bed any notion of a separation between politics and soccer. So did the failure of world soccer body FIFA and UEFA, its European...

A series of street protests broke out in late February 2017 in Belarus. Alexander Lukashenka, the “last dictator of Europe” who had not allowed opposition in his country for years, now faces mass rallies that may shatter his presidency. Roman Yakovlevsky, a journalist and political expert from Belarus, provides insight about the situation.   Interviewer: Shahana Bilalova   ...

Park Geun-hye has become the first democratically elected South Korean president to be forced from office, after the country’s constitutional court upheld a parliamentary vote to impeach her over a corruption and cronyism scandal that could see her face criminal charges. Our interviewees are Prof. Dr. Rovshan Ibrahimov, associate professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and Mr. Anthony...

  Deputy Director of the Estonian School of Diplomacy, Dr. Vahur Made shares his opinion regarding the rising rightist movements in Europe, possible other exit scenarios in the European Union, American policy on Europe during Trump`s tenure, future of Western liberalism.   Interviewer: Elvin Abbasli       The Popular Front (France), the Alternative for Germany (AfD), the Sweden...

Several months have passed and the government still hasn’t been formed in Macedonia. This is the result of the anti-Albanian positions held by Nikola Gruevski during the negotiations with the Albanian parties. He demanded a change of the platform, fundamental principles, and undeniable rights that have been denied for years on end. The foundations of the Macedonian state cannot remain without the...

After a political deadlock, the Gambia`s long time leader Yahya Jammeh was forced by Western African countries to step down and hand the presidency over to democratically elected Adama Barrow. Gambian journalist Mustapha Mopu Kah provides some insight on the post-election situation in his country.    Interviewer: Murad Muradov     What is known about the personality of the newly...

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