OPEC mulls a long-term alliance with Russia to keep oil prices stable The Economist comments on the strengthening relationship between Saudi Arabia and Russia and puts forward the idea that the countries are set to reach more effective limits to the global production of oil. Resurgence of shale production in the U.S. makes it natural for the large producers whose economies are strongly dependent on...

Level: BA / MA Credits: 4 ECTS Application deadline: 13 May, 2018   Week I in Tartu - EU-Russian Relations 15-21 July Week II in Pärnu - Baltic Regional Security  22-28 July The program will introduce the challenges and achievements of Estonian social, economic and political reforms and their past, present and future impacts on local as well as on international scale. Students will learn of...

In the last years relations between Ankara and Moscow have drastically changed and the impact of situations in Syria as well as internal political struggles in Turkey are intensely covered over the background of bilateral relations. Yet, developments in the Caucasus as an important strategic arena were still underreported and seemed to stay a subject of a close circle of regional experts.   Even...

What’ve been said in Trumpian ‘National Security Strategy’ is not real. The paper has very little to do with the mark together view of what Trump does and what he says. Unlike domestic policy, several contradictory positions on a single foreign policy issue is a disgrace. What does the strategy paper say? Predominantly three words: competitors, dictators, and irresponsible states are...

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...

The Vilnius Summer School is a week-long academic program dedicated to facilitate dialogue and in-depth analysis in the field of military, cyber and energy security at national, regional and global level. Three separate courses on military, cyber and energy security are offered in the 2nd Vilnius Summer School: Military Security course gives you a chance to get in-depth understanding about current threats...

In the 72nd UN General Assembly session, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi categorically told the international community that “Pakistan won’t be a scapegoat in the Afghan War.” This statement is an indirect response to Trump’s new Afghan policy. During his speech PM Abbasi has firmly said that Pakistan believes on “urgent” and “realistic” goals...

"Sleeping cells" We currently witness an alarming trend when the organized terrorist groups with their hierarchy are replaced by amateur "sleeping" radical cells consisting of two or more people. They are difficult to control, as they are often formed outside the framework of an organization, as it was before. On the other hand, access to social networks and web resources creates their extensive network....

Abstract  Copenhagen School, as a part of critical security studies, developed in response to the traditional analysis of security. The School argued that issues are securitized, and become security issues through speech acts. The overall structure is called securitization process. However, the Copenhagen School’s analysis of security has been consistently criticized by alternative advocates of...

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