A prominent stateswoman and diplomat, Roza Otunbayeva has had huge impact on the modern history of Kyrgyzstan and even served as President from 2010 to 2011. In this exclusive interview with Christian Eccher that took place in Bishkek in November 2017, she tells about her intense political life and the challenges her country might face in the near future. The first part of the interview covers the birth of...

The University of Tartu (Estonia) announces a call for applications for doctoral candidates and PhD-holding academics in the Social Sciences for a five-month fellowship at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, supported by the Eurasia Programme of the Open Society Foundations. The call is addressed to citizens of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan,...

  Protesters who drove the EuroMaidan movement back in early 2014, believed they lay a foundation of a more transparent, democratic and prosperous country going towards the European integration and eventually joining the family of European nations. Four years passing, the outcomes are mixed at best, and many endemic problems are still persisting and haunt Ukraine. We spoke to Ukraine expert Professor...

Conference theme: The migration and mobility of people, whether forced by circumstances of violence, conflict or poverty or as a certain choice during people’s live, is a phenomenon of all times. However, worldwide globalization processes have accelerated these phenomena and the influences they have on the social, cultural, economic and political fabric of societies. On top, several conflicts...

The Thirteenth Forum of the World Association for Political Economy July 16-18, 2018, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany   Proposed Topics: 1. The Thought of Karl Marx and Its Contemporary Value  2. The Thought of Rosa Luxemburg and Its Contemporary Value 3. The Communist Manifesto and the World Socialist Movement  4. World System Theories: Core, Periphery, and Quasi-core  5....

Bring politics back to monetary policy (by Jacqueline Best) 6 December 2017 A long-read by Jacqueline Best provides an incredibly deep overview of the drawbacks of the contemporary monetary order. Though de-politicization of monetary policy with the purpose of shield economy from populist inflationary pressures has become a common truth as one of the pillars of neoliberalism, it is now time to...

Debilitating hostility between Saudi Arabia and Iran is about lots of things, not least who will have the upper hand in a swath of land stretching from Central Asia to the Atlantic coast of Africa. While attention is focused on ensuring that continued containment of Iran ensures that Saudi Arabia has a leg up, geopolitics is but one side of the equation. Natural gas is the other. With signatories to the...

Course information Content: In this 1-week summer intensive you will learn to distinguish between several levels of non-violence, receive training in ‘value focused interviewing’, and then do live interviews with key international figures who promote non-violence worldwide.   Entry requirements: Bachelor students interested in Ethics and Theology of War, Non-Violence and Peace...

Trump Is the Peacemaker Korea Has Always Needed (by Patrick M. Cronin) 9 March 2018 In this piece by Patrick M.Cronin on Foreign Policy, the author reflects his belief that Donald Trump will play decisive role in building peace between North and South Korea, thanks to his announcement to be the first sitting president to meet the North Korean supreme leader. Cronin states that the relationship between the...

Credits: 5 ECTS Course runs: 2 - 13 July 2018 (1st week in Brussels, 2nd week in Vienna)  Deadline: 1 May 2018    Packed with interactive seminars and study visits (EU Commission, Parliament, Council, OSCE, UN) this summer programme attracts students and young professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge of the European institutions, European law and the European decision-making process...

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