The new foreign policy blue print is considerate but invokes both hopes and fears for Australia and the world nations. What does the paper say? Three words, ‘opportunity, security, strength’ which mean efforts to materialize peace and cooperation coexist with the possibility for use of brute force. At the core of the defence paper lives the idea of ‘a contested world’. Likewise,...

Sixty-four candidates have applied for registration to the March 2018 presidential elections in the Russian Federation. Many names are familiar, such as Liberal Democratic leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky (now 71) and Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky (65), but others are new, including the nominee of the official Communist Party, Pavel Grudinin and socialite Ksenia Sobchak, well known as a TV star and the...

Ukrainian politics is always complex. For the past three and one half years the leadership, in the form of President Petro Poroshenko, has remained stable, though increasingly unpopular. He is likely to stand for reelection in 2019, if not sooner. Otherwise the clearest thing about the views of the electorate is that it it is not especially enamoured with any of the leading politicians. In fact, the third...

The 19th-century British colonization of India is often regarded as a milestone in Indian culture. The Colonists are frequently credited by modern day historians for establishing relative peace, constructing critical infrastructure, leading industrialization, banning obsolete practices such as sati1 and child marriage, and spreading Western ideas. From this standpoint, past British imperialism can be...

The Prague-based NGO SCHOLA EMPIRICA is pleased to launch the 14th edition of Prague Summer Schools! Prague Summer Schools are seven-day academic programs designed to bring together undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their summer holidays in a unique academic and cultural environment. SCHOLA EMPIRICA is pleased to announce the forthcoming Prague...

Call for Papers A conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Central and Eastern European Politics Political Leaders in Central and Eastern Europe: Roles, Actions and Consequences 19-21 April 2018  Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca (Romania)   The political leadership lies at the origin of most transformations in democracies today, e.g. policies, institutional gridlocks, radicalization. An...

The accession of the countries of the Central and Eastern Europe was, since the adoption of Copenhagen criteria in 1993, contingent upon fulfilling various obligations, which included, along with adopting an extensive set of the European legislation known as acquis communitaire, achieving progress on such dimensions as a functioning democracy, rule of law, and the ability to undertake obligations of an EU...

  2018 Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research University of Salzburg, 13 & 14 September 2018   The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research of the University of Salzburg (CEPR) organizes an annual conference since 2013. These conferences are interdisciplinary and open to all interested researchers, practitioners and policy makers. They aim to bring together current research...

Azerbaijan is a predominantly Muslim country. According to, The World Factbook 2015, 96.9 percent of the population is Muslims. Shia Muslims make approximately 85 percent while Sunni 15 percent of total Muslim population. The rest of the residents (around 3%) is made up of mostly Christians and Jews, as well as representatives of non-traditional sects (Krishnaism, etc.). Thus, the Shiites form the majority...

  MA in Politics and Security Programme (Central Asia)                                                      MA in Economic Governance and Development Programme   Application deadline – 15 March 2018, 11 pm (Bishkek time) The OSCE Academy in Bishkek is a...

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