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   “It is not often that nations learn from the past, even rarer that they draw the correct conclusions from it.”  Henry Kissinger     In December 1979, the Soviet Union launched a military intervention in Afghanistan, having responded to the calls from Taraki government. The Soviet leaders, whose main goal was to protect the loyal...

The Minsk Group, a special body of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe, established in 1992 in order to help the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, has been constantly criticized during the recent years. No breakthrough has been achieved over the resolution of the long-lasting conflict that emerged in 1988 over Armenia’s territorial claims...

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...

  Look here upon this picture, and on this, The counterfeit presentment of two brothers. Hamlet   The downing of the Russian SU-24 bomber by the Turkish Air Forces on November 24 that marked a new era of global geopolitical struggle could also be considered a military fight in the Near Eastern theater between two countries, but a personal combat betwixt two similar personalities. Since coming to...

Early April of the current year, the news spread from Switzerland reported a long-awaited arrangement: Iran and six world powers that had negotiated for the past several years declared a deal, which would block Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of Western sanctions. Despite some skeptical opinions, the most agreed it was a big diplomatic achievement and hoped for further...

The recent proposal put forward by Gazprom to extend its gas delivery capacity to Western Europe, calling it “The Northern Stream-II”, has aroused a great deal of controversy in the Western political circles. Bearing in mind that the first Northern Stream was largely undertaken bilaterally by Russia and Germany, much to the detriment of the countries on the EU’s eastern flank, as well as...

The recent visit of the famous Russian opera singer Lyubov Kazarnovskaya to Nagorno-Karabakh without the permission of Azerbaijani authorities once more raised concern and questions on Azerbaijan`s black list. Debates on the necessity of the list of people declaredpersonae non grataein Azerbaijan because of their visits to Nagorno-Karabakh come up from time to time.   What is Nagorno-Karabakh...

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